I was born in Wakefield, West
Yorkshire in 1952 and was brought up in Sharslton, a mining Village. I went
to London University, Imperial and King´s, and then became a maths teacher,
working initially as a volunteer teacher in Migwani, Kenya. I then spent
sixteen years in London, specifically Balham and Islington. In 1992, I left
Britain for Maktab Teknik Sultan Saiful Rizal in Brunei and then Zayed
University in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.
My wife and I currently live in La Nucia, just 5 kilometres from Benidorm on the Costa
I have always been interested in the
relationship between nature and nurture within nature, birthright and
experience. Themes of culture and identity and their relation to economic
roles and social experience underpin my writing. What we are born into
relates to what we become, but we are rarely in control of our own destiny.
What others do, how we approach friends and foes, our interests and
intellects and the way we choose to earn a living, all of these shape us
into what we become. It may be that culture is the sum of all assumptions
that others make on our behalf, whereas identity represents our reactions to
them. Just a thought...
I did a PhD on the effects of
education in economic development in the Philippines. My aim was to relate
educational experience to culture and identity, particularly in the area of
the adoption of personal attitudes and values and how they then relate to
desired and realised economic roles. It was far too ambitious and occupied
nearly a decade of my spare time. But I am very glad I did it and offer the
deepest thanks to those who assisted and supervised.
These days I am pretty much retired. I
did a few years teaching in Spain at the Costa Blanca International College,
but my wife and I have concentrated on our small tourist rental business for several years.
I do a lot of cooking and reading, and the garden is always in need of
attention. I maintain a passion for music and am currently president of
Alfas del Pi Classical Music Society.
But it is writing that interests me.
My books aim to take you there, to live the characters' lives, to experience
their dilemmas. I don't want to shock or to engage in vacuous fantasy or
gratuitous crime. The world we live in is packed with experience, and even
the most banal reality is far more interesting than fantastical invention. I
hope there are truths in my writing.