I am a retired science teacher, who has studied and travelled widely – from chemistry at Oxford University to business studies at INSEAD, 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 love books especially fictional adventure books with foreign locations.
I have written six longer novels/stories:
1 The Adventures of Nicholas de Kérallain
Set in the 1750s, twenty-three-year-old Nicholas de Kérallain is being encouraged by his father follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer, but Nicholas seeks adventure. All Paris is excited by the news of Louis Jumonville’s victory at Fort Necessity and Nicholas spurns his father and joins the dragoons. Two years later, after some manoeuvring, Nicholas is appointed by the Marquis de Montcalm, on account of his fluency in English, among his other qualities, to be a member of the special brigade and sent to Nouvelle-France in 1756.
2 Return to Chelyabinsk
Igor Pavlovich Radiorksy’s death in a car accident on a Moscow road marks an ominous start for Peter (Pyotr) Cuthbert as Head of Operations of Goldberg Bank’s Russian subsidiary. Quickly, he discovers that the computer problems at the bank run deep and perhaps Radiorksy’s death was not accidental. Things are compounded when the head of the payments section is found dead. And are the newly promoted chairman, a young Kazakh and the ravishing Tatiana Sholokova all they appear to be? Pressure from headquarters in New York and demands from a major client mean a trip a fifteen hundred miles east of Moscow to Chelyabinsk for Peter Cuthbert and the new chairman with fateful consequences.
3 ‘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.
4 ‘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.
5 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.
6 Old School
Set against the run up to the Brexit referendum, it is a story of betrayal and political intrigue and one woman’s strength to reassert herself in her later middle age. Amateur artist, Deirdre Fairbrother, wife of Conservative Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Peter Fairbrother, is the mother of Zachary and Rosemary.
Ignored by her workaholic husband, and upset by the death of her aged mother, she decides to branch out on her own and find a new purpose to her loveless life. But it is not without difficulty as her husband harbours ambitions to lead the nation.