Villager writes first book at the age of 82

Phil Brock and his wife Brenda
Phil Brock and his wife Brenda

A pensioner has written his first book at the age of 82 about the chapters of his life.

Phil Brock and his family moved from Hull to Market Weighton during the Second World War, where he developed a love of the countryside.

His father went into the army and spent the entire war in Aden. The remaining family lived with the Layton family in Market Weighton and shared their home for over five years until the war ended.

Mr Brock went on to become a teacher at four different schools and was appointed as headmaster in the last school. After ten years as a head, he was able to take early retirement at 53.

Linked with this work, he was involved with the Scout Movement, giving much voluntary service. After buying just over an acre of land adjoining their garden, he and his wife Brenda developed a garden centre in Bilton.

Speaking about why he decided to write his book, ‘The Chapters of My Life’, Mr Brock, who lives in Bilton, near Hull, said: “About four years ago, a magazine floated a competition for readers to write their life story and I started straight away.

“Their deadline was so short that there was no way I could have completed it in the time, but I had thought about it for some time before that. I really enjoyed doing it, and nearly four years later, here it is in print.

He added: “I have written quite a number of articles and various letters, but The Chapters of My Life is my first book.”

Mr Brock’s book is available from Amazon at £9.99 in softback and £14.99 in hardback.