Robert Nurden, a journalist for over 25 years with the Independent, Telegraph and Guardian newspapers, has written a fascinating book all about his grandfather, Stanley James.

In 1916 Stanley and family lived in Rodney Stoke in Somerset. Living off the land was a harsh existence, but still, happy memories were made.

It seems Stanley was a total romantic, rejecting his Father’s wishes of following him into the ministry.  Instead, he opted for a more maverick lifestyle, including travelling to Canada and becoming a cowboy.

Stanley died in 1951, having packed his life with various controversial projects that often led to trouble.

As Robert was about to finish his book, he discovered some very disturbing documents about Stanley.  Every family has its secrets as this life story proves.