A REDDITCH author has self-published a book about his childhood in the 1940s in order to leave a lasting legacy behind for his grandchildren.
Richard Pottinger, aged 75, along with his proud wife Ros, were pleased to see his 160-page-turner – We’re Shiftin’ – released earlier this week.
He said: “I hope that after reading the book my grandchildren will understand where I came from and what life was like growing up in the old days.
“The story is told through my eyes as a young boy growing up in a world that’s completely different to what it’s like now.”
Richard who was living out in the Gloucestershire countryside at the time, says life was still enjoyable back then.
“We didn’t have television, phones or internet but I still had a wonderful upbringing and I want to get that message across to my grandchildren.”
Richard started writing the book 12 months ago but has had the idea floating around for many years.
“I started by sending the book off to publishers to see if there was any interest.
“There was a few email exchanges but nothing concrete.
“It was only when I contacted Brewin Books that I manged to get the ball rolling, they took an immediate shine to my story.”
Richard self-published the book through the Alcester publisher who are now selling it on Amazon.
The Headless Cross resident will celebrate by signing copies of his book at a Plymouth Court event on October 25.
Ros added: “I’m very proud of him and the work he’s put in.”