I am a retired science teacher, who has studied and travelled widely – from chemistry at Oxford to business studies at Fontainebleau, from making batteries in Zaire to implementing banking software in the Urals, from selling refractory shapes across Europe to teaching science to prep school boys in Buckinghamshire, from working on a refinery in Canada to running a company in Barbados. It has been a lot of fun.
Now I’m gardening and writing in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire.
I have written four longer novels/stories:
1 ‘A Tune of Hope’
39-year old Robert Nordraak is an unmarried accountant, worried that family life might pass him by. He is given an assignment to win the accountancy and business development contract of a Norwegian software company with ambitious growth plans. Ingrid, a 30-year old divorcee, infatuated with the seemingly unobtainable director of the Oslo Conservatoire meets Robert by chance and, as they get to know one another, he starts to learn about his unknown but significant Norwegian musical background.
2 ‘The Bonobo Factor‘
In late 1976, Dr. Helen Robinson undertakes a field study trip in the Zaire. Gerald Smelzer, a young adventurer is having an affair with a beautiful researcher at the Zaire research station, Salumbobo. As storm clouds brew in post-colonial Africa, their paths bring them face to face with Elakat Wangombe who is leading a pre-emptive rebel strike to free Katanga, now known as Shaba, and make it into an independent state.
3 ‘The Teesdale Affair’
Set in the Edwardian London, this is the story of Matilda, a working woman, who becomes involved in the suffragette movement with unexpected consequences. At the same time, it is a bildungsroman for the narrator, her daughter Dorothy, who watches the family cope with hardship as it struggles against the backdrop of poverty, inequality, and, in 1914, the Great War.
Dorothy’s transition to a young woman and her fascination with her stepfather’s heritage intertwine with the main theme. As she develops at school and in domestic service, the family struggles on account of the suffragist actions of Matilda and the Great War. Ultimately, when her employer is murdered she has to make the biggest decision of her life.
4 The Supreme Battery Mystery
Peter Cuthbert is 24, and completing his training at Battex, an international battery company. He is sent to Barbados urgently when the local General Manager, Mark Ramlogan, disappears. Set in 1970’s Barbados, Peter has the task of sorting out the battery factory but he becomes inexorably drawn into the case of Mark Ramlogan’s disappearance. He discovers Mark was not the straightforward electrical engineer he had claimed to be. Fast-paced action across the colourful isle of Barbados yields surprising results.
I love books especially fictional adventure books with foreign locations.