Barry Diggens has been a bookseller for more than 30 years and is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association. He was born in Berkshire but has lived most of his 50-odd years on the east coast of Kent. He and his wife Sheila have two daughters and three grandsons – the pride of his life.
Barry first developed an interest in the Great War during the 1950s when he spent many school holidays with family friends in a little French village not too far from Albert in the valley of the Somme. Here he found relics of the First World War which fired his interest.
In later life, and by now a confirmed bibliophile, he was well placed to root-out many well known, and not so well known, literary and technological classics of that first great war in the air. These precious tomes, gathered from all over the world, now have pride of place in his large collection of reference works; many of which proved essential to the completion of this, his first book, a labour of love that has taken almost five years to bring to fruition.