Born in 1917 and educated at Hounslow College, Ralph joined the editorial staff of Sporting Life in 1934, but later went into banking. Meanwhile, he had begun writing, and several of his sketches and scenes were produced in West End Revue.
Ralph joined the RAF in 1940 as a wireless operator/air-gunner and progressed his military career until 1961 when he retired voluntarily from the RAF to write full time. He was a frequent contributor of feature stories to the Sunday Express.
Books by Ralph Barker
Stories of Endurance
Children of the Benares
One Man's Jungle
The Last Blue Mountain
Good-Night, Sorry for Sinking You
Against the Sea
Not Here, but in Another Place
A Biography of F. Spencer Chapman DSO
When the passenger liner City of Benares sailed from Liverpool on Friday, 13 September 1940, she was carrying 90 evacuee children from the bombed cities of Britain, bound under a government-sponsored scheme for a safe haven in Canada. Her sinking by U-boat four days later, without warning, in total disregard of the plight of survivors and in defiance of international law, shocked and horrified the civilised world.
Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps
Royal Airforce at War
That Eternal Summer
The Blockade Busters
The Royal Flying Corps in France, Parts 1 and 2
Down in the Drink
Strike Hard, Strike Sure
Men of the Bombers
The Thousand Plan
In the balmy summer of 1940, the most critical battle of the Second World War was fought out over the fields and towns of southern England.
An embattled but resilient people could look only to the young men whose task it was to repel the aerial invasion. In this book Ralph Barker has unearthed twelve untold or little-known but unforgettable stories of men whose names may be unfamiliar but without whose selfless tenacity Britain would not have survived.
The story of how George Binney, a 39 year-old civilian working in neutral Sweden set about running vital cargoes of Swedish ball-bearings and special steels to Britain through the blockaded Skagerrak.
One of the greatest sea stories of World War II
A thoroughly-researched account of this little known aspect of Second World War Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm operations.
Great Mysteries of the Air
Bill Lancaster: The Final Verdict
The Schneider Trophy Races
Survival in the Sky
England v Australia: Test Cricket 1877-1968
Innings of a Lifetime
Ten Great Bowlers
Ten Great Innings
The Cricketing Family Edrich
‘Stories of skill, patience, grit and swashbuckling verve retold in an urgent, compelling style. You are there on the terraces, in the game.’ - Times Educational Supplement
Kindle Edition | Endeavour Press (28 Dec. 2016)
Essays on 11 cricketers, each of whom enjoyed a 'purple patch' during his career.
The subjects include Arthur Booth, the 'forgotten' Yorkshire bowling star; Bill Alley, Bill Ponsford, Micky Stewart, and Jim Laker.