If you ever want someone to dig into your past then this author - Dr. Stephen Bloy - is your man! Dedication, determination, enthusiasm and persistence are all obvious and evident in his mission to locate all his family tree covering three centuries. This author has done and seen it all and is to be commended on his factual book "Searching for Walter" which he has written based on all his findings. Despite the family horrors, infant mortalities, sudden accidental deaths and murder, Stephen Bloy continued his search to discover who his father was and has written a fascinating book that's both compelling and intriguing. There's also been a huge amount of research carried out on the social economics of the years he covered, including poverty, housing and health. All of this appeals to me and was brilliant to read.
Although all this had nothing to do with my family I truly felt part of the search - my grandad was also in the Merchant Navy in WW2 and I am fully aware of how frightening it was for the seamen during their time at sea. I also found Walter's time as an Merchant Navy apprentice very interesting as my son has just completed his 3 years Officer Training in the Merchant Navy and it was curious to see how different it was for Walter compared to today.
It was a little confusing at times however, as the author will admit, with the number of family members having the same first name, but he had a brilliant way of keeping the reader involved - it certainly kept my interest piqued.
I noticed that a part of the author's history was an epileptic relative called David who was accused of murder whilst living in a workhouse. It was interesting to see that this was the basis for his book "Damned Without Cause" that I have just finished reading and thoroughly enjoyed.
I look forward to reading Mr Bloy's other books published - "Hidden Truth" and "John's Promise" and know that these will be just as intriguing and well written!