“The world is made of stories. Good stories are hard to come by, and a good story you can honestly call your own is an incredible gift. These stories are part of a bigger story that connects us all.” Gary Snyder
“True glory consists of doing what deserves to be written, and writing what deserves to be read.” Pliny the Elder.
Where I work and play.
Having had success with non-fiction, (see Books) I’ve now turned to writing fiction, a novel, Electric Soil, and Another Kind of War, a collection of short stories published by Amazon Kindle. I’ve recently completed two thrillers, The Wrestlers, and A Few Things to Do Before you Die. The first draft of The Long Tail of Terror is nearing completion.
Following officer training in the Royal Marines I held a short-service commission, serving with the Royal West African Frontier Force in Sierra Leone. Returning to the UK, I taught canoeing and mountain activities for the Outward Bound Trust before arriving at university somewhat later than most. I read Divinity externally at London University, followed by a post-graduate year at Geneva University and a PhD researched with the Open University.
My main academic interest is comparative philosophy (western – eastern) and several books, available in a number of languages, have been published for the general reader. After teaching in colleges and universities in the UK, I now live in S. W. France where I write full time.
I play the clarinet and soprano sax just well enough to enjoy making music with others. In addition to music, my interests include photography, travelling, the cinema and theatre, walking, gardening and fly fishing. I also love solitude.
Fly-fishing on a remote lake in Ireland.
My wife, Nadège, is French, a primary school teacher specialising in handicapped children; our two daughters, Noémie and Amélie, are comfortable speaking in English, French and German, they are natural Europeans. We live in a beautiful part of France, tucked away between the Lot and Dordogne river valleys; we choose to live in the country and to make excursions to cities. We had a dog, Bilbo, a Roan Cocker Spaniel, whose demise has left a gap we’ve not yet filled. Our large pond is home to a glint of goldfish and carp koi, and to frogs who defy the regulations of The Noise Abatement Society.