About Clive Radley


Clive Radley is a 1966 Queen Mary College BSc(Eng) Aero graduate and spent his whole career in Defence Systems Consultancy after starting as a very minor part of the Harrier jump jet design team.

After retiring he began researching the roots of his family’s boatbuilding business and the history and origins of sonobuoys.

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A history of GB women's competitive rowing


The main thrust of the book covers the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. It then moves forward in time to cover the Twentieth century and ends with GB women's successes funded by the lottery.

However, to put the recent history in context the book opens with the origins rowing which took place in the Mediterranean on Roman Galleys and then moves forward in time and ends with Women competing for medals at the Olympics in the Twenty first century.

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The Radleys of the Lea


The Radleys of the Lea tells the story of the V. Radley and Sons family and is one of the few books about rowing and boatbuilding told from the boatbuilder’s viewpoint.

Containing over 180 illustrations, the book relates the history of the boatyard business and the rowing exploits of family members, who until World War II competed professionally.

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Sonobuoy history from a UK perspective


The UK’s Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) was a world leading centre for aerospace research and development in the Twentieth Century.

The book covers the early history of UK airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare in World War 1 through to the present day and also how sonobuoys were used to shadow USSR submarines.

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