My father, Geoffrey Whitehead, who has died aged 91, was a prolific author of school and college textbooks on business studies and related topics. Frustrated by the lack of a decent guide to help his O-level students learn bookkeeping, he took matters into his own hands and wrote Book-keeping Made Simple (1968), which was followed by almost 40 other titles. His books sold more than 5m over four decades. It seems likely that a generation of business students prepared for their careers with the guidance of at least one of his books.Born in Muswell Hill, north London, he was one of four children from a family of educationists and musicians. During the second world war he was stationed with Bomber Command before being sent to Palestine to help prepare servicemen for their return to civilian life, teaching basic courses in English and maths. Once demobbed, he enrolled on the emergency teacher-training scheme, teaching in primary and secondary schools before eventually becoming head of professional studies at Thurrock College, Essex (now part of South Essex College).His writing career began in 1967, when he was asked to review an American text on bookkeeping to assess its suitability for the UK market. His …read more

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