Beautifully written in an enticingly readable style . . . if Dan Billany had never written a word, this story would still be worth telling
Hull's Lost Hero by Valerie A. Reeves and Valerie Showan
The Story: Dan Billany
Born in 1913 into a poor Hull family, Dan Billany fought tenaciously to achieve his ambitions - a university degree, a job as a teacher and eventually fame as a best selling author in Britain and the USA.
But with the outbreak of war, his life changed completely. In this book, the authors contrast his adventures as a soldier in the Western Desert, a prisoner of war and as a fugitive on the run in Italy with the inner turmoil of a man coming to terms with his homosexuality.
Dan Billany - Hull's Lost Hero, is a carefully researched biography of a fascinating man - brilliantly clever, deeply compassionate, witty, amusing and loved by all. His is a true story but one that seems stranger than fiction, embodying humour, mystery and tragedy.
Dan Billany emerges as a man of great character. His life was cruelly cut short and his enormous potential unrealised.