There are literally thousands of newspaper articles relating to Derek’s literary work whether as a journalist or an author.
They start in the early days in his role at the Daily Express, before the war years, when he was a reporter covering stories from the menial to the front page headlines.
He eventually went on to write a column for the Daily Mail, which turned into more of an ‘Agony Aunt’ for which Derek felt quite unsuited. But, as with anything Derek did, he put his whole heart into it. He would feel both embarassed yet elated when a bus would pass him by with his column, and his face, being advertised along the whole top side of a double decker bus.
However, that came to an abrupt end and Derek found himself without a job, wondering what to do next.
He had long held the idea that he should like to travel the world. But how to pay for this extravagant desire? He decided that he should write about his travels and sell them to a newspaper that would publish them. From this journey came his first book, ‘Time was Mine’. It was also to be his introduction to Jeannie and assist with the war effort.
He returned from his travels as war broke out and went into the Army.
It was due to his experiences of travel that he found himself employed in the role of an Intelligence Officer and began working for MI5.
His role necessitated seeking information and where better at that time than the Savoy Hotel. As well as many film stars and celebrities of day staying there, so too did many foreign Armed Forces Officers, UK and foreign politicians and reporters. Such an ideal establishment to listen for information that may prove useful in the war effort.