Trevor James recounts his experiences as a boy in a quiet market town in Devon. His education was basic but sound at a time when punishments for misbehaviour were swift and certain. He describes his schooldays; memories of life during wartime when the surrounding areas were occupied by the 29th Infantry Division of the American Army whose soldiers later suffered massive loss of life on Omaha beach on D Day; Tavistock Goose Fair before and after the war; aspects of everyday life as it was all those years ago when children did as they were told without argument; where boys and girls made their own amusements and treats were rare; when Sundays were sacred and bereft of any form of play or entertainment. Austerity and rationing were no hardship - they didn't know any different. More significantly it is all true.
Before retiring in 2000 Trevor James enjoyed a varied working life. He was a Junior Reporter on the Tavistock Times before serving in the British Merchant Navy for seven years. He then acquired several years experience in industry before embarking on a twenty-year career in power stations, including two years in Saudi Arabia. Prior to his retirement he spent ten years in the Works Department at Dartmoor Prison. His work at Dartmoor inspired him to write several books about the history of Dartmoor Prison and subjects related to it. Trevor is married with three children and five grandchildren and lives in Okehampton.