writing


pie & curry sauce
- a novel

i wrote the novel on the train over the space of a year, whilst commuting three days a week between Gloucestershire and London - working all hours for a US computer company

about the book:
it's available on Amazon
pie & curry sauce is loosely based on my first year at university in 1979, but draws on experiences from my engineering degree and Ph.D and five years spent lecturing at Polytechnic.
Most of the action centres around the college campus but in later chapters the lead character; Clark Gable, spends disastrous weekends away; in Warwickshire at a young farmers ball, in Wakefield visiting his new girlfriends parents and in South Wales with his dubious mate, Rhodri. Will he find the curry sauce to spice up his pie?

the book is 17 chapters, approx. 85,000 words





if a horse was a cat
- a novel

soon to be available on amazon.co.uk!!

about the book:
if a horse was a cat is the sequel to pie & curry sauce. It’s the end of the summer in 1982 and everyone is ‘upwardly mobile’ in Maggie’s booming Britain; unless you’re a coal miner, in a trade union or one of the 2 million on the dole. Clark has drunk his way through his degree course and is, miraculously, not a ‘one in ten’ in the words of UB40, having somehow stumbled his way into a junior teaching post at Plastic Polytechnic. Britain’s defeat of Argentina in the Falklands War has ensured Thatcher will remain PM for ever and Clark wants out; Owen, his flat mate from his first year at Red Brick University, is in Australia and has him lined up for a ‘bonzer’ job starting the following summer, it’ll be a life of ‘booze, beach babes and big bucks’ according to Owen. Clark just needs to clear his debts, buy a one way plane ticket and get a good reference from the Poly; what could be easier! There’s nothing interesting holding him back in England, Gale and Jenny, his girlfriends from Uni, and most of his friends are out of his life, or so he thinks, only Dave is hanging around to keep him anchored in Birmingham, like a hangover from a pub crawl on the Hagley Road, Dave is hard to shake off. There’s Ruby Tuesday of course, but she’s bonkers and far too bright for Clark! The music scene’s gone down the pan; the raging fire that was punk is just smouldering embers, it’s now all about the ‘look’; big hair, big shoulder pads and makeup, and nothing about the ‘feel’. Music videos are replacing live performance, Clark thinks they’re‘polishing a turd’, he’s clinging onto his cool roots music; Ska, Punk and, of course, The Jam. A lot can happen in a year and by the summer of 1983 not everything in Clark’s life has gone entirely to plan.

the book is 20 chapters, approx. 100,000 words





mid life cruise ship
- a very short story

got a minute? - it's a one minute story!

very short story



the sailing trip
- a short story

it's about keeping running in the hamster wheel!



short story

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