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So who are the Beat Kids?

So, who are the Beat Kids?   It goes back to 1959 and the Great Clampdown. The Resistance, under the leadership of Mike Jazz, were getting cocky, daring to do things they had never done before. The authorities had no choice; they had to clamp down. Order must be...

The Stuff of Heroes: The Beat Kids

In a deliberate echo of the Cavern made famous by the Beatles, the youngest members of the Resistance have their own cavern, a series of them and really caves, deep below the surface of southeast London. This is the story of the Beat Kids from The Stuff of Heroes, a...

Why Write?

Why write when the world is in lockdown? Who will want to read while NHS workers and many others are putting in long hours to save our nation? What place do the frivolities of reading and writing have to play in such huge times of national uncertainty? Surely, all...

Social Media Shock

  It really threw me, the unpleasantness of it all. And the hatred. In fact, more than the hatred in itself, it was the rapidity with which that hatred came out that shocked me. I replied to someone on Twitter - we're not following each other, nor would I knowing...

Lessons Learned (About The World Around Us)

Do you remember the 'I told you so person' of your youth? Glasses worn half-way down the nose to increase the angle of condescension, exhibiting a remarkable ability to predict future mis-happenings after the fact. Other favourite sayings would be, "Did I not predict...

While it Rains

First rain in several weeks gives me time to pause and think. I've been neglecting certain things to pursue others. Now maybe it is time to redress the balance. Some of it is inevitable. I have a few business interests. They have needed my attention more than normal....

One Shot in the Storm

Coming soon, Book 4 of The Dorset Chronicles. Read the back cover to get a taste of what is to come: One Shot in the Storm   It’s 1690, and the wily lawyer and convicted criminal, Simon Taylor, is sentenced to indentured service in America but enlists instead....

A Day in the Life

This is a chapter of 18 Acres of England, entitled A Day in the Life. It was written in long-desired emulation of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his fantastic book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, certainly the most dramatic and impactful book I have read on...

Curl Up by the Fire

Curl up by the fire with The Stuff of Heroes Here's what a recent review said: "Wow, this is a must-read book. Imagine if we'd just given up and rolled over and let the Nazis win the war, let them invade Britain and take control… bring in the resistance and a group of...

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