Stories From The Falklands
by Jo Austin
You need only turn the pages of this delightful book to enjoy stories about the creatures and birds that live on the Falkland Islands. Jo Austin met up with Rob Lunn to discover his inspiration behind the writing.
Rob Lunn has been a resident of Blackstone in Sussex since 1985. He was brought up in Kenya where his family enjoyed a life of outdoor adventure with an abundance of wildlife.
In 1966 Rob came to the UK to pursue a flying career as a Navigator in the RAF. He flew primarily Hercules Transport aircraft and travelled worldwide. He completed two overseas tours in Cyprus and Holland.
Rob’s career in the RAF has not been without its incidents. In 1975 he ejected from a Phantom over the North Sea and since then he has become a regular contributor to the RNLI. In the same year Rob married Lynne to whom he has now been married for 43 years. For 16 of those years Lynne ran the branch surgery at Partridge Green for Henfield Medical Centre. They have two children, Robert and Alexis and three grandchildren.
In 1983, working in the RAF, Rob served a five-month post- war detachment in the Falkland Islands. His primary responsibility was to oversee Air Transport Operations on the islands. Meanwhile his family was living in married quarters at RAF Northolt in Ruislip Middlesex.
At that time, the only personal communication between the UK and the Falkland Islands was by the famous ‘bluey’ air-letter form. Rob wrote frequently to Lynne but wanted to keep his four-year-old son, Robert, from forgetting his Dad, so he decided that the best solution was to write bedtime stories that could be read to him by Lynne. Out of this grew a series of stories linked by the elements of wildlife on the Islands.
Robert junior turns 40 this year and his mother had the inspired idea of collating the stories into a book. The letters were resurrected and with the help of a local editor and illustrator the book ‘Letters to Robert’ was born.
Rob retired from the RAF in 1996 as a Wing Commander and then worked in HR until 2005 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He hopes that this little book may also be an inspiration to other parents working a long way away from home and encourage them to send similar stories back to their family and children.
- For more information and to find out where to purchase the book email Rob on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Book price is £5 with donations going towards Help the Heroes.
Illustrations by Janet Allen