Woman's Weekly
The Minack Chronicles Derek and Jeannie Tangye
There   are   literally   thousands   of   newspaper   articles   relating   to   Derek’s   literary   work whether   as   an   journalist   or   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,   put   his   whole   heart   into   it.   He   would   feel   both embarassed   yet   elated   when   a   bus   would   pass   him   by   with   his   column   and   face   being advertised   along   the   whole   top   side   of   a   double   decker.   However,   that   came   to   an abrupt   end   and   Derek   found   himself   without   a   job   and   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   the   book,   his   first,     ‘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   experience   that   he   found   himself   employed   in   the   role   of   an   Intelligence   Officer   and began   working   for   MI5.   His   role   necessitated   the   need   to   seek   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   foreign Armed   Forces   Officers,   UK   and   foreign   politicians and   reporters. An   ideal   establishment   to   listen   for   information   that   may   prove   useful   in the war effort. From the time Derek started writing ‘The Minack Chronicles’ to long after his death the newspapers and magazines continue to write about him. Whether it’s to publicise his latest work, an obituary or indeed to mesmerise us with the notion that Derek and Jeannie were spies working for the Russians! There are a great deal of articles about them both. We shall include what we can here. If you find any others that you would like to share please drop us line.  

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