My website - www.victoriapb.co.uk - has lots of information about me; about the charity I set up in 2011 to raise money for children in developing countries who need prosthetic legs (Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope, reg. 1141287, www.elizabethslegacyofhope.org) - and also, of course, about ALL my books - which are all about the Second World War.
My three published books all contain true, previously untold, testimony of the war years given to my veterans who lived through it. My WWII writing began with finding my Grandfather's diary of flying during the Battle of France in the summer of 1940; during which he was shot down twice, and parachuted out of his aircraft twice. However, after miraculously surviving he was taken prisoner after his last crash in July that year. He wrote a diary and some thirty years later I put it together, and created a book which was first published in 2014, then by Penguin in 2018.
This - true - story has since been followed by the publication of two further Second World War testimony books, that have been published by the History Press - 'Remarkable Journeys' and 'Remarkable Women' - 'of the Second World War.' These books contain wide variety of Second World War recollections, from around the world, and include a Russian Red Army aviator memory, a Holocaust account, a merchant navy story, an RAF nurse, two Lancaster navigators ... and many more. Jonathan Dimbleby, Andrew Roberts, Dame Joanna Lumley and Louis de Bernieres are amongst these books, which have also been described as the 'Bayeux Tapestry' of the Second World War.
I am always delighted to talk about these books - not least of all because they are Remembrance books, each story representing thousands (millions) who could / did not tell their story. They are all, without exception, heartfelt, gripping accounts of the war = that educate and inform as well as entertain in a way that only the truth can.
I have spoken at many festivals including the Chalke Valley History Festival, Buddleigh Salterton, Laxfield and Felixstowe Festivals; and at aircraft museums, to Women's groups and schools. I am comfortable addressing large as well as small audiences - and in workshops I often try to help 'would be writers' with writing technique and confidence building.
I have been interviewed publicly on the stage at festivals, and I have also done both national and local radio, several times.
The 'Second World War' is my area of expertise and I am comfortable talking about this in some detail, given what I have learnt through the writing of my books and the extensive research that has been involved. However, as important is the fact my writing of these stories has come about because of my intrinsic interest in people; particularly those who are or have become vulnerable because of a difficult situation. I would consider commissions therefore to expand my biographical writing to write about others who have coped with adversity and have a story to tell.
I would be willing to travel abroad, as well as extensively in the UK; so long as I have enough time to make arrangements for the care of my children.