Dr. Charles H. Read Jr’s Memoirs of HMS Nabob Acquired

Lammi Publishing inc. is pleased to announce that it has acquired the worldwide electronic English language rights to the wartime memoirs of Dr. Charles H. Read, Jr.

Dr. Read served as a flight surgeon aboard HMS Nabob, the first aircraft carrier crewed mainly by Canadians as part of the Royal Navy. We believe that this is the first memoir published that will focus on the experience of the crew. Most of the material written about the vessel has been based around the ship’s specifications, rather than those who served. The book describes Dr. Read’s determination to be a member of the crew as well as his perceptions on the crewmen and wartime England. The memoir concludes with the ship’s participation in the attack on the Tirpitz, where it was torpedoed by U-354.

Those fascinated in the naval history of the Second World War and Canadian naval history will be particularly interested by his account of the ship’s torpedoing and recovery operations. His criticisms of the ship’s Captain Nelson Lay are likely to cause a re-evaluation of the captain’s actions.

Sadly Dr. Read passed away last week at the age of 97. We send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

The book is now in the editing phase. Title and publication date will be announced. It will be released through all major distribution channels and in appropriate formats. For updates please join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.