Tuesday 20 November 2018
'Four's Destiny' by Michael Powell

In his debut novel, Michael Powell (SH 1963 - 1968) draws inspiration from his time at The King's School, Canterbury. 

The inspiration for Michael's debut novel came to him whilst watching the 70th anniversary celebrations of the start of the battle of Leros in the town on September 26th 2013. The whole town had turned out to watch a Greek destroyer and other local boats chug out into the huge bay of Lakki to lay wreaths on the spot where the 'Vasilissa Olga' had been sunk at the start of the 52 day battle. It struck him that young men from four nations had died in that battle, and perhaps they might know one another.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michael also chose to set the schooldays of one of his characters at The King’s School, Canterbury from which he drew inspiration. The type of gliders which Michael saw being used to train CCF RAF pupils whilst at King’s in the 60s were also used to train Luftwaffe cadets in the 1930s and he used this when writing the passages on the German Pilot's Luftwaffe Training! Another conincidence he discovered after writing the book was that the barracks at Sturry which he remembered from his own time at King’s in the Army CCF are actually named the “Leros Barracks” in honour of the men from the Buffs regiment who fought in the Battle of Leros! 

The book itself follows the lives of four young men of different nationalities - Marco (Italian), Yiannis (Greek), Godfrey (English) & Rolf (German) each born in 1920 - who meet as young men, and then find themselves all at the Battle of Leros.    

For a full synopsis and information on how to buy a copy head to Michael's Website

 
In his debut novel, Michael Powell (SH 1963 - 1968) draws inspiration from his time at The King's School, Canterbury. 

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