Lincolnshire author re-tells brother’s Boer War story

Lincolnshire author Alan Stennett has released the sixth book of his writing career.

Lincolnshire author Alan Stennett has released the sixth book of his writing career.

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Lincolnshire author Alan Stennett has released the sixth book of his writing career, re-telling the story of the Boer War in South Africa through his grandfather’s eyes.

Lincolnshire Lads on the Veldt, Alan’s first self-published book, is taken from extracts of his grandfather Herbert Stennett’s diary which he painstakingly transcribed 12 years ago.

Alan, of Kirkstead near Horncastle, has written the story which tells of the trials and tribulations faced by the British solders including Herbert and his brother Arthur, both from Billingborough, who were in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.

The diary extracts are accompanied by cuttings from the Lincolnshire Echo at the time, giving extra context to the stories being told.

Alan has worked at the BBC for 48 years, and was involved in the creation of BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1980. A journalist by trade, he now specialises in writing about farming for a number of publications.“My grandfather was in the Boer War from 1900 for five years, my aunt had kept all his diary extracts in an exercise book which I then transcribed,” Alan explained.

“It’s taken two or three years on and off to get the book finished and this is the first time I’ve published my own book, but I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.”

Lincolnshire Lads on the Veldt is available around the county RRP £11.99, including in Wrights of Louth.