I was born in Birmingham. After Handsworth Grammar School, I went to Leeds University. If friends from either place should stumble across this, I would love to hear from them. Some have already made contact and it has been a delight to renew old connections that should never have been broken.
My wife, Cheryl, and I moved to Cornwall more than 40 years ago. Having lived in Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield, the delights of the far Southwest proved overwhelming and we’re still here.
Eventually we left Cornwall, moving just over the county boundary into Plymouth. There we stayed for more than twenty years until I secured early retirement. We moved to Totnes and, finally, to Brixham. One of the advantages of the long spell in Plymouth was that we were only a few minutes drive from Dartmoor – that wonderful 365 square miles of stunning scenery that must be one of the very few places left in England where one can escape the sound of traffic. Many days spent walking the moor in all weathers provided the inspiration for my Dartmoor novels.
Fortunately, Dartmoor is still easily accessible from Brixham and we have the added benefit of living on the beautiful South Devon coast in this bustling, and very friendly, little town.
‘Retirement’ is proving very busy. Writing, reading, fishing, gardening, walking the coastline, folk music and family are filling every moment very pleasantly indeed.
The writing has proved particularly satisfying with my books receiving very pleasing Press reviews, achieving sales levels that have taken me by surprise and generating a very warm response from readers.
The five star award given to both of my Dartmoor novels by Ignite Book Reviews entitles me to display this badge. And the fact that cover images of my books were used to indicate Dartmoor on a literary map of Britain means that I can display the badge below.
You can read about the novels on the ‘My Books’ page.