To understand Take Down The Flags you have to go back a few years. The original idea was a collection of short stories based on real life memories from people who had experienced war and the aftermath. What did they remember? Was it all misery? Did they wave the flags when the ceasefire happened? Did they actually - miss - it? Instead of just writing up what they said I have used (with their permission) their stories and recollections as a basis to form various stories. Names and places have been changed and various stories have been altered for dramatic purposes. But this is really what the book is about. Stories. Reflections. A chance for people to look back. To laugh, to cry, to relive the pain, the sorrow and the good times. To make you live again.
Mark Binmore (born 1971) is a British novelist, author of Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets and many other books. In 2015 Mark was ranked one of Britain's 100 new influential gay and lesbian writers It was declared that 'he is widely regarded as one of Britain's most promising novelists, quite regardless of sexuality'. Some of the novels by Mark Binmore are engaged in the excavation of secret histories in the teasing out and restoration of events that have taken place beneath the surface of society. Mark was the subject of Tour De Europa (2015) a book by Chris Henson who followed Mark on his book tour and wrote an observational account of a new author on the road. A further book detailing his 2016 American book tour is set to be published December 2016 under the title - Versus America.