JOHN R. CAMMIDGE, AN AUTHOR BLENDING MODERN HISTORY, REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES AND A TOUCH OF IMAGINATION TO CREATE INSPIRING STORIES OF INDIVIDUAL COURAGE, PERSEVERANCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT.
MESSAGE ON BEHALF OF THE AUTHOR
Thank you for visiting this author’s website. John R. Cammidge is a former Human Resources executive and life-long birdwatcher who retired several years ago after a career in Ford of Britain, Bank of America, Stanford University and the University of California. He resides in Marin County, north of San Francisco, and began writing when he retired. He was born in York, England and relocated during 1979 to San Francisco with Bank of America, becoming a United States citizen in the mid-1990s.
He writes about modern history, blended with his own autobiographical experiences, sprinkled with imagination, to create compelling historical fiction that he shares with his audiences to inform them of past events that should not be forgotten.
So far there are three novels:
- Unplanned: the original edition of this story was published March 2014, shortly after the author discovered that he was the product of an unwelcome sexual assault during World War II. The fictionalized novel is now republished under the title Unplanned, and illustrates the human consequences of military conflict.
- Abandoned in Berlin: essentially a true story set in Berlin and describes Germany’s attitude towards one Jewish family before, during and after World War II. In June 2016, a second generation survivor visits her maternal ancestors’ former block of apartments in Berlin and wants to know why it was seized by the Nazis and never returned by West Germany. She learns that her mother, aged 15 at the time, was forcibly placed under the “protection” of a Nazi Guardianship Court in late 1933, and that these circumstances led to the loss of the property but allowed the family to escape from Germany (via Austria and Shanghai) to avoid the worst of the Holocaust.
- She Wore a Yellow Dress: (historic fiction to be published February 2021). An awkward coming-of-age story of two very different personalities, set in Britain, and inspired by the author’s own upbringing. It includes his difficult childhood and the many unexpected challenges that he, his spouse and the British public faced during the transformational years of Britain during the 1960s and 1970s. Each chapter ends with an illustration and description of a bird species of Britain that reflects the theme of bird watching that runs throughout the book and mirrors the characters’ development at each stage of the story.
Finally, because of the passion for bird watching in She Wore a Yellow Dress, the Author’s Blog is used to expand on the author’s interest in ornithology.