Los Montesinos author Andrew Atkinson is writing a follow up book to ‘Formby’s Lost Love’, acknowledged by HM The Queen, which has sold copies throughout Britain; New Zealand, Spain and Germany.

“George Formby: The War Years 1939-45”, tells memoirs from WWII featuring ukulele legend Formby, who entertained three million troops during the War.

Exclusive unpublished photographs of Wigan born star Formby, who died in 1961, taken by his chauffeur and official photographer in 1942, are featured in the book.

“There remains great interest in George Formby from ex-pats living in Spain,” said Andrew.

“Ted Gilleland, who lives in Spain, recollects his and his father’s WWII memories, along with chapters from Formby’s school pals, and Olive Dickens – who played marbles with Formby!,” said Andrew.

“The book also includes that of Formby’s chaperon, and 94 year old Joe Jefferies, who speaks for the first time since 1944, about Formby, wife Beryl, a comedian and a pianist, who entertained the troops in Calcutta,” said Andrew.

The publication includes a Chapter: ‘Remembering Formby’s fiancee – from New Zealand’, with Formby’s fiancee Pat Howson’s nephew Martin Howson’s memories.

To order a copy of the limited edition publication (price £10, plus £2 p&p (UK) £4 (Spain) email:



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