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By: Sally Douglas

Gathering Moss

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An atmospheric, mainly biographical story set in the 1930s-1950s, of a British Naval Officer's determination to foil the enemy's wartime dive bombing of our fleet. Hundreds of lives were saved by his suggested adaptation of the big, anti-aircraft barrage balloons which were flown above cities and other land based targets, to be specially tailored for the defence of shipping as well.

Combined with this moving story is a colourful account of family life at that time, and it was not very long after the ending of the Second World War that Commander "Basher" Boorman began to find himself involved in certain minor skirmishes on his own home front.

Commander's daughters do not always obey orders, even if their father has the appropriate rank, and this teenager certainly had a mind of her own. Determined to pursue a career not approved by her father, Basher's daughter found herself to be out-manoeuvred. But battles sometimes resolve themselves in unexpected ways, as was eventually the way with this particular one.

'Gathering Moss' is a fast moving, evocative story which covers a variety of events, backgrounds, and human emotions.

Sally Douglas, now retired and living in Cornwall, has led an adventurous life in many and varied parts of England, as well as abroad. The daughter of a Naval Commander to whom she was very close, Sally has woven this mainly biographical, fast moving story set in the turbulent 1930s–1950s period of both their lives. Sometimes truth really can be stranger than fiction.

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  • George

    This is a very personal record from a daughter’s experience of her formative years living as a child of a wartime naval officer, her life deeply impacted by her father’s wartime exploits in developing the use of the barrage ballon.

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