Bowman"s work was a send-up of the rather pompous British expedition book style fashionable in the 1930s through to the 1950s. Bill Bowman was the eldest of a family of three boys. His mother died in 1926 when Bill was 15, and his father in 1928 from World War I exposure to mustard gas.
This led to a separation of the three brothers - Bill to Middlesbrough, the middle brother to Canada and the youngest sent to live with another family.
Bill left school when he was 16, subsequently following a career as draughtsman and civil engineer During World World War II he served in Egypt as a radar instructor for the Royal Air Force (Royal Air Force), and afterwards joined the International Voluntary Service for Peace in Duisburg, Germany.
His pacifist convictions persuaded him to return his Royal Air Force paybook to the government. The Cruise of the Talking Fish is Bowman"s only other published work.
He did, however, write a number of pieces including a layman"s interpretation of Relativity and several short stories.
Bowman"s leisure activities included hillwalking and painting.