Age Concern Kingston (Upon Thames) ~ Review by Rachel Furze

I would like to thank Rachel Furze from Age Concern KingstonThe_Life_and_Demise__Cover_for_Kindle for this review of

‘The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell’ for their spring newsletter:


“Memoirs of an extraordinary man to benefit charity

The story of a love which survived half a century, and separation across continents, before eventually blossoming in later life, is at the heart of a new memoir of a local man who died recently aged 102.

Historical novelist Diana Jackson knew the late Norman Campbell from her childhood.  A born storyteller and humourist, Norman would recount his adventures of survival through two world wars, leaving Surbiton for Australia with the Salvation Army in the 1920s, bidding farewell to his sweetheart, later to reunite with her and marry at the age of 70.

Norman kept scrapbooks and albums of photos, not only of his travels but of his home neighbourhood around Surbiton and Thames Ditton, capturing decades of change.  Recognising their precious and unique value, Diana compiled these stories and images which have now been published.

Norman’s story will benefit the community too. He wanted to support Age Concern Kingston’s work locally, so a proportion of the money from book sales will go to the charity and some to Cancer Research.

Copies of the The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell are available for £9.00 from or by contacting Age Concern Kingston directly.


or call Rachel on 020 8942 8256 for more information.”

Photo caption:
‘To the end of the world and back again – just because I could.’

Norman in Australia

Norman in Australia

About Diana Jackson

Author of 'Mystery Inspired by History' series,' 'Inspirational and Motivational' series and 'The Riduna' series, historical romantic fiction set in 19th and early 20th Century. Member of SOA. Websites: Riduna on Twitter and DianaJacksonauthor on Facebook too! To get in touch email:
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