All my books are available either on line or through your local bookshop. They are in paperback and in a readable font of a sensible size. That to me is the object of writing a book – so that someone can read it! Hardback copies can be arranged – at a price so please ask me first. Although you can buy them all through your local bookshop, most of my sales are on line and, because of that I can keep my prices low and reasonable.

Just follow the URL each time and you will find where to get one. On line is easiest because it will come to you either direct from Amazon or from the printer. Most are published by Pompacalie and printed by Lulu because they can offer a Print-on-Demand service across more countries than anyone else.

I’ve been busy as you will see. I have enjoyed writing every word in these books, I just hope you get as much pleasure reading them.

 
The Dorset Soper's

The story of the family of the author and how they emerged from being illiterate farm labourers to becoming successful professionals all over the world. A simple A4 sheet of fading text written by my brother about our family grew to become an extra-ordinary book about my family. Going back to the 17th century when we were itinerant farmers in rural Dorset the family remained around Dorchester until my father, grandmother and aunt came north in the 1920s. I discovered a grandfather who had sailed in Queen Victoria’s navy, an uncle with an MC in the Great War and a huge family in Australia’s Hunter Valley that I didn’t know existed. Now the family are spread across the globe and from those humble beginnings some highly successful people have emerged. [Lulu]

From Whence We Came

The Biblical Age of World Enlightenment

Just why did they build the pyramids of Egypt? And those at a hundred other sites across the planet? Why do so many ancient sites mirror Orion? Why use granite from South Wales at Stonehenge when it was not necessary and impossible to transport? Why use granite in the pyramids in huge lumps? Why the accuracy of the rock carving in South America and Mexico when they didn’t have any metal tools? What do the scriptures tell us about it all? In fact is the accepted timeline of man correct or could all these edifices have been built by another people who were here first? From where did we all come? [Lulu]

Atlantis?

In Search of the First Civilization to walk on this Planet.

The follow up book to From Whence We Came takes a forensic look at six sites from the ancient world seen through the eyes of an engineer. I strip away all that is thought to be known about them and look only at what is there in front of our eyes. By so doing some remarkable thoughts about a long lost people emerge who may or may not have come from the mythical land of Atlantis. [Lulu]

World Slavery - The Bigger Picture

The story of Slavery and the Slave trade from Ancient times to the 21st century. Is the accepted story of the wicked British in the West Indies and the equally dreadful inhabitants of America’s Deep South the only one when describing the horrors of slavery? Not so I am sorry to say. It is merely the tip of the iceberg. In this book I put slavery into the context of the times by comparing the lot of a captive African child tending the family plot while her father toils in a cane field in Jamaica to that of a similar child of the same age hauling a cart of coal through a narrow tunnel in 18th century Yorkshire. Her father may or may not have work because children were cheaper. Who is the slave there? I look at all aspects of slavery and show that the biggest slavers were those on Africa’s East coast sending far more into slavery than the west ever did. I look at the lot of the Irish and the Scots, the Coffin Ships and the way that they were treated by their own people, and the slavers on the Barbary Coast who took millions of Europeans into the slave markets of North Africa. Most of all I look at slavery today where it is at its highest in history, especially amongst the very young. I cannot keep up with the avalanche of new cases that I hear of every day. It is happening right now! [Amazon] [Runner up overall in 2008 Hollywood Book Festival]

Whitewashed

9/11, David Kelly, Princess Diana, Pearl Harbour, the murdered Pope and other inquiries where the official verdict may not agree with the facts. This leaves the field wide open for the various conspiracy theorists to have a field day. I take a careful forensic look at each of these events and lay down the actual facts so that the reader may make up his or her own mind. What comes out is the massive influence of the security services of the world who may use each other to do the dirty work. To protect a politician, President or Prime Minister they can, in the name of ‘National Security’, get rid of people they may feel were better dead. Getting rid of ‘loose cannons’, no matter who they are, is the priority and it could be the Pope, a Royal Princess or a US President. Did they all have to go quite like that? Even to the extent of plunging the country into war. This makes for very disturbing reading and is not for the faint hearted.  [Lulu]

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Motor Sport's Golden Age

The era of 'The Old Farts'

This is the story of grass roots motor sport in Yorkshire during the ‘Swinging Sixties’ – and didn’t we know how to swing? As the owner of the iconic ‘Rally and Speed Shop’ in Leeds, and then as editor of the influential ‘Yorkshire Centre Circular’, the author was at the centre of all that was going on. How the Harewood Hill Climb came into being and what we all got up to is covered by taking extracts from the magazine and the memories of  our group of people who became known nationally as ‘The Old Farts’! ‘Motor Sport’ magazine thought the book to be ‘mostly a charming snapshot of a very specific time and place’. [Lulu]

The story of Castle Fairs. How two people stumbled into the glamorous but sometimes murky world of Antiques and then the Stately Homes of Britain. It led to a roller coaster ride across all four nations in the country where they became market leaders in the use of those great houses as exhibition venues. How they accidently changed the way antiques fairs were run, the same with stately homes and even down to changing the Sunday Trading laws of the land. On the way they met some amazing people and all is described in this book. [Trafford.]

Antiques and the Stately Homes
 
The Jamaican Chalice

When privileged, rich Left wing MP Sir Anthony ‘Tony’ Milday, Bt, learns of a small inheritance on the island of Jamaica he asks best friend and family solicitor Charles to check it out. A visit to the island reveals the extent of the bequest which runs into many millions of dollars and a very large slice of the north shore.  To be on the safe side the local lawyers advertise for other claimants but, despite Tony’s political career being based on helping West Indian immigrants into ‘60s Britain, he has no problem with the wealth coming from the slave trade. He soon does when two other, black, claimants come forward leaving Charles with the problem of delving into the murky past of the Milday family. The Jamaican millions soon become Tony’s poisoned chalice. [Lulu]

The Bones of Cathy King
and more tales from the other side

Cathy King is rescued as a near dead twelve year old from a savage and unprovoked attack but remembers nothing about it. No one comes forward to claim the child leaving Detective  Inspector Derek ‘Ron’ Moody to take up the case. Taken into care the child is soon victim of a politically correct council so that she gets no chance of adoption. Ron and his wife Penny take an avuncular interest in Cathy so as to be her surrogate parents until she gets married. In a cottage that mysteriously comes the way of the young couple, Cathy makes a very disturbing discovery. Bricked up in a wall is the body of another twelve year old child who has also been badly beaten. The autopsy reveals that she is a clone of Cathy herself. Against a backdrop of politically correct policing in the late ‘90s, Ron has the problem of sorting it out when another skeleton is found. More tales of the supernatural occur in this award winning book of ghost stories which is not one for the faint hearted. ‘My blood ran cold!’ – Stephanie Todd. [Lulu] [Winner Best Short Stories, 2008 Hollywood Book Festival]

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The First Six Ages of Pretty Susan
The making of a Barlsea Bride

Susan Bradshaw has got it all. She has always been impossibly good looking, she never puts on a pound in weight and her hard working engineer husband brings in enough to give them an enviable lifestyle. So enviable in fact that her very best friends in Barlsea feel that she must be taken down a peg or two. The Bradshaws own the best house in the most up market village in the area and retired footballer cum businessman cum hustler, Bert Longthorne, wants it. Just how he gets it in the end following a dramatic fall from grace for the Bradshaws ends up with a prison term for himself and two of Rick’s best friends. This leaves poor Susan with the prospect of actually having to do some work! [Lulu]

The Real Riviera
Or how to launder $26 million in cash and live to enjoy

For Susan’s seventh age the Bradshaws move to the French Riviera following a heart attack for Rick and there they meet Ron and Penny Moody. They are on an underground mission relating to the Russian and French mafias. They all soon become the best of friends when Rick, now an artist following some occupational therapy, is asked to paint a picture of Russian spy and ‘Femme fatale’, Natasha Lavinsky. The problem is that the picture is to be of Tasha wearing only some stolen sapphires and nothing else. A chance meeting with the French former rugby player who ended Rick’s career as an England winger leads to an exhibition of his work and his establishment as a major player on the coast. The book brings together characters from both Barlsea and Cathy King who all meet in the melting pot that is France’s southern shore. When Natasha steals 26 million dollars from the Russian mafia things hot up. [Lulu]

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The Wars of Patrick O'Grady, VC

Failure at school leaves Patrick O’Grady grasping for a direction in life which comes when he joins the army. His neighbour and best friend is Ahmed Khan whose family come from the Taliban heartland of the Pakistan/Afghan border. At school Ahmed developed a skill at cricket but became a journalist so that the two friends drifted apart until, on one fateful day, they were to meet up again in Afghanistan. That resulted in a fatal shootout where Patrick was left severely disabled and Ahmed whisked away to Guantanamo Bay by the Americans. Patrick is awarded the VC for his part of the action whilst everyone else thinks that Ahmed is dead. It is then that Patrick’s wars really begin as he tries to make a new life with a young family as a now unemployed paraplegic ex-soldier. [Runner up overall in 2012 London Book Festival] [Lulu]

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The Ugly Ducklings

When innocent abroad Alfie from Tennessee meets feisty broad Miranda from Queens at a Fresher’s party they fall for each other. As the book progresses it soon becomes clear that she has a kick like a mule and a name to cry for and he is not quite so stupid as he seems. The might of the political establishment in Washington mixed with some dodgy politicians from the Deep South are no match for these two in this light hearted romp seen from both sides of the partnership. [Lulu]

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Donald Crumb, Tycoon

Donnie Crumb had it all, and then lost it before getting it all back again by playing to his own rules. This is a novel with cameo appearances for all the friends of Donnie and his best pal and sidekick Sam Sinclair. Seen through Sam’s eyes it tells the story of the hard working and hard playing business people of ‘60s Yorkshire. Every single story is taken from the experiences of the author who lived, worked and played amongst that group. Read this after my Motor Sport book. You’ll recognise some of the people. In this book I introduce consulting engineer, Harry Plaice who plays a big part in …………. [Lulu]

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The Lord Giveth...

When the tin pot dictator of a tiny and impoverished state in the Gulf decides to prospect for oil he disturbs a long dormant fault in the Earth’s crust. Harry Plaice is called in to advise on how to prevent the possible aftermath that could provoke a catastrophe that would result in the final mass extinction of life on the planet. Written as a bet that I couldn’t write a better disaster story than the one I had just seen on TV, as it developed, the plot became an all too real and frightening prospect that both could and will happen unless action is taken.  [Lulu]

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Philomena

When the miner’s union gets shiftless and idle Len Bickerdyke a decent lump sum in compensation following an accident in the pit, ambitious and pretty Philomena, who works in the office, sees it as her main chance. It soon becomes apparent that neither got the bargain they thought they had. That leads to a lifetime of fighting and bickering before Len gets the upper hand in the end. But how does he do it? Again taken from people whom I know or knew so well. [Lulu]

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Buggins Turn

Austin Buggins has a phenomenal memory but is otherwise quite useless. His brother Bentley is the opposite. Bentley becomes a dynamic businessman regenerating dying northern towns with new industries whilst Austin languishes as a teacher in a school in a poor part of the city. He is only interested in buses. When it is agreed that Austin is harming the careers of so many children it is decided to fire him. But civil servants cannot be sacked for incompetence, only moved sideways and upwards. And so it is with Austin who fouls up every job he is given but each time is promoted and given a rise, so who is it that ends up as an unknown and the other heralded with honours galore and a top job in Brussels? [Lulu]

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The Bomb

Life on the Riviera is disturbed when ‘Ron’ Moody’s former bagman, now Assistant Commissioner of the Police, Alistair Graham turns up with some MI6 people to ask for help. They want him to check out squeaky clean businessman and prospective Parliamentary candidate Simon Fawcett. The reason being that Simon has the habit of turning up in two places at the same time. The supposed secret assignation is immediately blown open leaving Ron with the problem of sorting out just why he needs to do so.’ Femme fatale’ and former Russian spy, Natasha Lavinsky, soon lets drop that Simon has bought a nuclear bomb from some Russians but no one believes her. The plot soon thickens with the arrival of a mysterious man who also keeps turning up in different places so that  Ron is left with the baffling problem of whether or not Simon has a bomb and if he has, what he intends to do with it. [Lulu]

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David - Whose Problem Now?

When David Johnson arrives home from Australia for the wedding of his only daughter, he stinks. He hasn’t had a bath for months and is in a terrible state. His pompous brother, Trevor, wants nothing to do with him leaving it to his sister, Susan Bradshaw and husband Rick to come back from France to sort him out. The problem is exacerbated when it turns out that he had to leave Australia in a hurry because of a huge benefit fraud and that he is on a one way ticket only. His wife has kicked him out. Former Detective Inspector ‘Ron’ Moody comes over to help because the now the problems begin.  [Lulu]

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Motivation for the business person

The start of every new business is always exiting but, as the years go by and for various reasons, things do not work out as planned, motivation becomes difficult. The problem is that it is the one who must motivate others that now needs motivation for him or herself most of all. This book gives a simple guide of how to ‘Motivate the Motivator’ and is essential reading for everyone, no matter how long they have been in business. Keeping up the motivation year in and year out is never easy but must be done or the business will fail. [Lulu]

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Writing That Book

Everyone has a book in them and this simple guide shows how to get it out and into print. I cannot teach you to write or tell your story but I can show you how to put it all together and finish up with a volume with your name on the front page. Simple common sense from someone who has done it himself. [Lulu]

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Exhibiting at Shows and Exhibitions

Over 30 years of both attending and organising exhibitions has taught me how to go about it. I could walk around any show on setting up day and point out those who would do well and those who would not. This simple guide tells you what to do to make your stand a success every time. As reader Harvey Silk from Germany wrote ‘ The constant reminders of just what we should be doing does concentrate the mind. When dealers follow your suggestions, success is guaranteed….. We smile all the way to the bank’. [Lulu]

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When the Fire Goes Out

There comes a time for every person in business to want out. It may be because, after a lifetime of hard and profitable work, you simply want to retire. Or you may be disillusioned and want a new direction in life. In other words, the Fire has Gone Out for you, so what do you do? This is a simple guide to formulating your exit strategy when your business career comes to an end. [Lulu]

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Running a Small Group and Speaking to Groups

All that is needed for those thinking of volunteering to help run a small group of any age. From the format needed in this day and age to the duties of individual officers. If you are thinking of joining the speaker circuit for those groups, this book tells you how to go about it. [Lulu]

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