Air Marshal GA 'Black' Robertson

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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book




Biography, Memoir, Narrative, Narrative non-fiction, Non-Fiction

Book types

Non-fiction for adults



Numerous TV/radio appearances and talks, including one at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, have brought the confidence to relate to any audience. I particularly enjoy the interplay of Q&A sessions - often the most revealing and rewarding element of an event. The brief testimonials below bear this out.

'What a splendid evening you gave us yesterday - Mary and I are most grateful to you. We thought your talk immensely entertaining; it was perfectly pitched and delivered with great style. The audience reaction (not to mention the book sales) will have told you how well it went down.'

Lord Stirrup, talk at Brydges Place Club, London

'Black is an engaging and passionate speaker, with the right balance of thoughtful reflection and humour. After the two talks Black has conducted for the Royal Air Force Museum the feedback has been immensely positive and guests have particularly commented on how interesting the talks were and what a good speaker he is.'

Vicki Hibbert, Head of Events & Catering, RAF Museum

'Thank you very much for agreeing to speak to Club members about your book; your talk proved to be an excellent addition to our Events programme.  You will be pleased to know we have had very good feedback . . . with many commenting that they found you both informative and entertaining. Having read your book myself, this comes as no surprise!'

Air Cdre (Retd) Dai Whittingham, Chair of Events Committee, RAF Club

As at the 2021 Cheltenham Literature Festival, I can provide talks and lead discussion on becoming a writer - how to get started, what it takes, even the pitfalls.

Leadership is another topic that fascinates me. I've learned from experience, and not just in the military - getting things wrong as much as getting them right - that ultimately it all comes down to the human factor, the individual. I'm ready to share these experiences either through talks or discussion groups. 


Books by 'Black'

Author of a unique father and son memoir and it's prequel - his father's story told through the medium of some 350 of his wartime letters.
Fighters in the Blood

Fighters in the Blood

Two stories with fascinating parallels unfold in this unique memoir. One of a WWII Spitfire ace, the other of his progeny, a second generation fighter pilot. The author's reminiscences are interwoven with those of his father in an intensely personal, revealing and at times controversial story. Anyone interested to know more about flying, about the RAF, about leadership, about character even, need look no further than this beautifully crafted, immensely readable account. 
A Spitfire Named Connie

A Spitfire Named Connie

‘A Spitfire Named Connie’ is an exciting, rollercoaster of a story. Through hundreds of his letters, the prequel to ‘Fighters in the Blood’ tells the tale of decorated Spitfire ace ‘Robbie’ Robertson’s two great loves: flying and the schoolgirl he eventually marries, Together with diaries, correspondence from RAF colleagues and Robbie’s flying logbook, they bring a unique authenticity to this highly-charged tale. It reads like a novel, filled with excitement, pathos and compassion, yet, incredible as it may seem, almost every word is true. 
From Spitfires to Vampires and Beyond - A Kiwi Ace's RAF Journey

From Spitfires to Vampires and Beyond - A Kiwi Ace's RAF Journey

Spitfire pilot Owen Hardy was probably the last New Zealand ace to tell his story. He left home at 18 bent on joining the RAF; by 1942, aged only 20, he was at Biggin Hill with 72 Squadron under Brian Kingcome. D-Day found him flying over the Normandy beaches with 485 (New Zealand) Squadron. That he survived the war unharmed owed as much to luck as to his ability as a fighter pilot. Unable to settle in civilian life in New Zealand afterwards, he rejoined the RAF for the second phase of a remarkable career. Converting to jets, Hardy went on to command 71 Squadron, leading a Vampire aerobatic team in displays across Europe – dodging MiGs at the same time! But adapting to peacetime service wasn’t easy. Previously stimulated by the wartime environment and still passionate about flying, he was less enamoured with staff work. Then a fateful decision, to turn down a Javelin posting and follow his mentor, led finally to disillusionment. Hardy pulls no punches in this forthright and refreshingly honest autobiography. In retelling his story, editor Black Robertson shines a light not just on what it was like to fly in combat, but also on the changing face of the post-war RAF.