Richard Hough

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Richard Alexander Hough (1922-1999) was a British author and historian specializing in maritime history. As a child, he was obsessed with making model warships and collecting information about navies around the world. After high school, he joined the Royal Air Force at the beginning of World War II and trained at a flying school near Los Angeles. He flew Hurricanes and Typhoons and was wounded in action.

After the war, Hough worked as a part-time delivery driver for a wine shop, while looking for employment involving books. He finally joined the publishing house Bodley Head, and then Hamish Hamilton, where he eventually headed the children’s book division.

Hough is the official historian of the Mountbatten family and a longtime student of Churchill. Winston Churchill figures prominently in nine of his over one hundred books, including
Former Naval Person: Churchill and the Wars at Sea. He won the Daily Express Best Book of the Sea Award in 1972.

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