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OUT NOW: TIN BATHS, HOT SUMMERS & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL moves humorously and heart-warmingly through the tumultuous cultural changes of the last half of the 20th Century and tells of when we were young.
Times when Social Distancing was limited to those who had a bad hair day with the school nit nurse.
When Zoom chatting was by two tin cans and piece of string stretched across the street from your friend’s bedroom.
The WHO knew nothing of viruses but sang songs to tell your parents to FF…ade away.
Lockdown was where we hid from our mothers in the camp dug underneath our bonfires when they called us in for bedtime.
And our free school dinners included the delights of liver with huge grizzly pipes running through it. And of course, serving live frogs’ spawn for dessert was still environmentally acceptable.
A delightful and passionate read for all baby boomers and also those who would like to know why their parents are so grumpy these days’
The truly cursed are Sunderland AFC supporters whether from blood, birth or sheer bloody-minded inclination… And the sworn enemy? Newcastle United of course. Not that this is a book about just Sunderland and Newcastle’s love-hate relationship with football. It’s about the lot of football supporters travelling to faraway places- like Brighton, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Bristol – and unfulfilled and disappointed England supporters following their national side to the industrial wastelands of Germany and France as well as Scottish rivalries such as Celtic v Glasgow Rangers not to mention the trials and tribulations of poor Patrick Thistle fans.
Funny or tragic – you decide!
FOOTSTEPS ON THE TEIGN
Da Vinci Code meets National Treasure, with a bit of Monty Python thrown in as our heroine Françoise and her friend Jack are pursued by secret societies, the KJB, the Vatican, MI6 and always those damned French, as they search for a secret that has lain hidden for centuries and will change the known world when found. A tale of mystery and suspense, a pinch of romance and lots of fun taking us across through the stunning West Country and Paris in a kaleidoscope of historical truth and modern day conspiracy with a cast of characters that include Knights Templar’s, Kings and Popes, Holy Roman Emperors, Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, modern day smugglers, spies, villains and pirates masquerading as normal people in the bars and work places on the River Teign. Will the charming Françoise survive her pursuers and find and solve the mystery of what her ancestor lost in Teignmouth three centuries ago and why was he mad enough to go there in the first place? Will the world be ready for the amazing secrets revealed?
CONTRACTING WITH THE DEVIL
Do you sometimes believe you have made a contract with the Devil at work? Have you sold your soul and paid the Ferryman his fare to transport you to the Purgatory of your work? Well think yourself lucky you don’t have to face the Demons that pursue Jack, Kitty and The Big Yin face across America and Europe as they seek the elusive secret to paradise – psychotic American Special Forces, ancient Welsh Druids, the Corsican Mafia, Dutch gold bullion dealers, Glaswegian hitmen, Norwegian shipping magnates, IRA paramilitaries, Turkish hangmen and of course the normal sort of lunatics who come from Middlesbrough. A story of violence, profit, love, and the final hope of redemption.
A TURKEY AND ONE MORE EASTER EGG
Hilarious fictionalised insight into the multi-cultural world of oil contracting and big business populated by the maddest bunch of people you’d never want to work with…
“I have lived, worked, laughed and cried with so many wonderfully interesting and crazy people across the globe that I knew one day I’d have to write down the tapestry of our shared lives. Many years ago I promised the great people of the North East, and especially my father and family that I would write their story. ‘You have your tickets, Davey, you could write a book’; that from the good folks of the Mining Welfare club in Durham in 1974, because as I went to University I could obviously read and write! So I did, and wrote ‘Turkey’ and then ‘Devil’ which Andrew in his delusion has promised to sell in their millions.
“I have a PhD in medical research and worked in many Industries in diverse positions – as drug salesman, non executive director in the NHS, and CEO of a Singapore listed Engineering company. I ran my own communications and business improvement consultancy for 15 years in Asia Pacific and I am considered a leader in cross cultural communication, execution and alignment of mega projects for the Oil and Gas business.
“Now I live in Devon, a beautiful part of the world and a place full of wonderful, colourful people who will make up the threads of the next book I intend writing, ‘Frog on the Teign’, when I get the time in between writing this blurb. I have other work in progress not least ‘Tin Baths, Hot Summers and Rock and Roll’, the story of my misspent youth.
“Having given up the purgatory of real work, I missed the buzz and multi cultural life at first and some days I really get down still. Writing picks me up, I chuckle and I reminisce about good times and great people. It gives me purpose and keeps me out of the pub until opening time! I could ramble on about hobbies, motivations, travel and all that great stuff but really dear readers I have one passion -,well two, but beer isn’t one I should admit is important. So my real challenge is to live my life like Christ…I fail miserably but it gives me something to strive for and He never leaves me behind. Thank God.
“Enjoy the tales…”