I met Ken in November 1998 in London at his book launch on Oxford Street. It seems such a long time ago, but his views are still very pertinent. His book is an 'unofficial' history of the Special Air Service and unlike the 'official' authors, Philip Warner, Tony Geraghty, Anthony Kemp and John Strawson, he writes from the standpoint that he participated in the operations that he comments on - Malaya, Borneo, Aden. Dhofar, NI, and covers 25 years of his service. Ken is a polemic by any standards and his book is a testament to that very dominant aspect of his character. The book is the better for it, which makes it in my view a cracking soldiers read. He's not to be thwarted or persuaded by the Tuans otherwise. Well he came from the Parachute Regiment after all. A veledictory comment on the final page - "The Regiment cannot re-form itself; it is condemned to survive because too many careers depend on it. The only solution is for the SAS to be scrapped- the Regiment that I knew and served with has effectively been disbanded anyway." Realist or dreamer............ you decide.