Andy is a retired Professor of Educational Psychology who lives in Wirksworth and has been writing poetry and essays for several years.
He has also written a diary on and off for nearly 50 years and it is these memories which form the backbone of the book.
Andy, who was born in Weymouth in 1946 says The Naples of England, is a ‘lightly fictionalised’ memoir of growing up on the beautiful Dorset coast immediately after World War Two.
It was published in September by Amcott Press and in it Andy describes growing up surrounded by the security and nurture of the 1950s welfare state that propelled him from council estate to university. When he was born terrible memories of the war still lingered among his parents’ generation. The developing welfare state, however, provided universal health, education and social care.
The book thus recalls the horrors of early NHS dentistry, but also the pleasures of the children’s library in town and magnificent school dinners covered with gravy or puddings and custard.
In a series of vignettes and stories, some humorous and some poignant, the author recaptures this vanished post-war world.
Andy has been successful in national poetry competitions and has also published articles and essays about climbing and mountaineering, travel, music and relationships.
These pieces were collected in the anthology While Giants Sleep which includes work spanning 42 years and the poem Attempting to Interfere, which won him the Yeovil Literary Prize for Poetry in 2011.
Andy is currently working on a new novel called Whereof One Cannot Speak.
This book follows the lives of four generations of one family over a 100-year span.
Beginning in 1890, the story follows first the life of Letitia, the second of four children born to George, a blacksmith, and his wife Ivy.
n Andy will be reading from The Naples of England at Wirksworth Town Hall at 8.15pm on November 18. Admission will be free.
To find out more about Andy’s writing and by the book which is £5.95 on Amazon go to http://www.andymiller.co.uk