Words for Weighing: Essays and Leaders, 2012, Pen Press
The first half of the book comperises essays of various style and content, including the author's war stories including active service in Burma.
In the second half are reproduced seventy of the leaders which the author composed while he was managing editor of technical journals. They cover the period early 1961 to late 1984, and offer a lively commentary on current affairs.
Tokens of Youth, 2015, Troubador Publishing
Brian Fish recounts the story of his lively early years in his new book, Tokens of Youth.
Originally born in Derbyshire, Brian Fish spent much of his childhood moving around the county as a result of his father's line of work. Set mainly in the 1920s and 1930s, Tokens of Youth sees Brian share his personal memories of growing up in London, and later in Leicester, before winning a scholarship to Birmingham University.
"I wrote Tokens of Youth in order to add to the family history, as well as to keep my mind active," explains Brian about the inspiration behind the book. "There is nothing quite like the pleasure of handling a new book published under your name," adds Brian.
Brian talks candidly about his time at school, where he excelled at English, French and science, as well as his time spent at Birmingham University where he studied mining engineering. Tokens of Youth is a fascinating account of what life was like growing up in the 20s and 30s as a child and teenager; also as a university student during the first three years of the war. He also details how he confirmed his Christian faith, which he strongly believes guides his behaviour, his words and his actions.
"The object has been to create a book that is well written and interesting enough to offer enjoyment to those whose literary taste is the reading of autobiographies," observes Brian.
Across Ten Decades, 2017, Brown Dog Books
The author was born in 1920 and so wrote this autobiography in the tenth decade of his life - hence the title. The structure of the book is deliberately episodic, rather than continuous and comprehensive. The author felt that the latter approach, although orthodox, would be boring to write and probably boring to read. The episodic approach, on the other hand, gives the opportunity to select experiences, events and activities that are particularly significant for each decade. Every chapter deals with a single decade, the general nature of which is indicated by the title. In his particularly long, interesting and active life the author travelled widely. The accounts of the people he met and the places he encountered are distinctive elements of the book. Also his very varied professional experience, in several occupations, is a further distinctive feature.