Writing

Over the next few months I hope to gather here all the writing I have done in my adult life. This encompasses a completed novel, a large collection of short stories and a screen play.

There are 2 other forms of writing that I have included elsewhere in the website rather than list them directly in this section. They are:

Armchair Theatre. This is where I have edited some classic stories into plays to be performed by you, your friends or family in the comfort of your own home.

The Hacker. This a regular column I write about another of my passions - golf. 

As ever your feedback and comments are always welcome....

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The Orbury Way

 

The future of the historic Orbury Golf Club hangs in the balance. Following the death of the old Earl, the Club Secretary struggles to keep it afloat as the modern world threatens to overwhelm it. Can the heir to the estate win the par 32 one hole challenge? Who is the rightful heir? Who is the father of the baby? Who stole the painting and just what is in that 70 year old letter...?
 
Click on the front cover below to go to see the novel on Smashwords:
 
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Cow Green



Cow Green is my first completed novel. Written between 1990-1992 it centres on the lives of inhabitants of March Meadows. A mix of dark family secrets, forgotten love and unexploded bombs. I hope you'll enjoy this relaxing easy read. It was planned as the first of a series of volumes with The Red Lion and A Garland of Snow being the next 2 books. Who knows, enough feed back and the next one may get resurrected....

Opening Lines:
The sky was a perfect shade of summer blue, totally clear and cloudless for as far as the eye could see.  Unbroken, the wash of azure stretched from the tip of the golden cross that stood atop the tower of St Michael’s to the uppermost branches of the great oaks that ran along the ridge to the far west of town.


The full novel will be available for download in PDF in the next couple of weeks.
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Treasure Island



Your chance to perform one of the greatest adventure stories ever written in your own home. From the comfort of your armchair or around the dinner table you, your friends and/or family get to tell the story of Long John Silver.... NO actions or acting required - speech only!

Speak out the extraordinary play for yourselves from the comfort of your armchairs - no actions required!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PLAY

There is more information on Armchair Theatre HERE.

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A Christmas Carol



Probably the greatest Christmas story ever told. And now you have the chance to have one of the most memorable Christmas experiences ever for you, your friends and/or family ever.

Speak out the extraordinary play for yourselves from the comfort of your armchairs - no actions required!


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There is more information on Armchair Theatre HERE.

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Boo!



Opening Lines:
“Boo!” Daisy shouted without conviction into the face of the oncoming woman. As usual, and like the other 2762 people before her, the woman heard nothing and simply walked straight through her. Despondently the girl turned and watched the woman continue her shortcut through the churchyard....

Word Count: 1962
Written: 1993

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The Brandy Plot



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The city streets lay deserted as the first hesitant raise of a new day slowly began to dawn upon London’s dark alleyways. The morning was cold and crisp, a freezing wind billowing through the narrow roads, whipping stinking garbage into odorous heaps. Silence reigned, even the soft lapping of Father Thames against its muddy banks failed to carry through the thick blanket of fog that hugged the ground.

Word Count: 3868
Written: 1994

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Night-Time Express



Opening Lines:

I couldn’t get the image of her out of my mind. Tossing and turning in the darkness I could picture her naked body stretched across our linen sheets, another man’s arms caressing her softly. How could she do this to me after seven years?

Word Count: 1631
Written: 1993

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Silent Witness



Opening Lines:
As I sit alone, gazing out at the dark murderous night I am at my most vulnerable. I ramble, allowing the nib of my pen to scratch unchecked across the parchment, the wet ink glistening under the flickering light of the candle. My stomach churns, the endless pitching and rolling of the ship throwing its contents into my throat as we begin to leave England behind us; it’s bleak coastline harrowing under the stark moonlight.

Word Count: 663
Written: c 1991
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Mamma Jade



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Mamma Jade wasn’t really my mother; in fact she was old enough to not really be my grandmother either. That’s just what everybody called her, from us children to the pickers, the sorters, and even Mister Mike who ran the Orchard. Now, years after those balmy summer days I can still picture her sitting in front of the White House, children all around her hanging on her every word. Oh how I miss the sound of her voice, so rich and dark and full of mischief.

Word Count: 1991
Written: c 1992

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A Lonely Man



Opening Lines:
Tony glanced down lovingly at the lead in his hand, slowly drawing the smooth leather between the tips of his fingers. The sense of loss was overwhelming as he sat in silence, the only sound being the thumping of heavy rain upon the car roof.

Word Count: 505
Written: 1991

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A Moment in Time


Opening Lines:
The woman walked slowly, carefully supporting the arm of the old lady who shuffled along the street. Slowly, tired watery eyes focused upon the clock tower and tried to read the time upon its tip.
    “Come on Mum,” said the younger woman as they stood in the middle of the road. “We can’t stand here all day. Mum.…?”

Word Count: 1523
Written: 1993

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Tomorrow



Opening Lines:
Against the backdrop of heavy rain beating against the coloured windows, Charlotte knelt between the pews and prayed. She prayed for sunshine and she prayed for the strength not to cry again. But more than anything she prayed that Clive would be here tomorrow.

Word Count: 935
Written: c 1991

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Little Squirrel



Opening Lines:
“That’s you and me one day, Peg, standing outside our own home…”
Jim’s words entered Peggy’s mind as she pulled the ornament from the box. She could remember as if it were yesterday the cold wind on Brighton Pier is he brought her the little gift. Gazing affectionately at the two tiny figures outside the little cottage she shook the dome and engulfed them in snow.

Word Count: 1814
Written: c1991

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Kissing a Nightjar



Opening Lines:
The ferocious wind whipped the rain across the crest of the hill in slanting sheets, dancing through the stubborn stones that formed a crude outline to some ancient castle. Rivulets of water ran through the sodden turf around the foundations and licked the broken walls with their muddy fingers.

Word Count: 2952
Written: c 1991
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The Private Constitution of Nobody Special


This is totally different in style to Cow Green. As yet it is incomplete and I'm only posting the first chapter to see what people think. It was started back in 1994, as with many things on this site, if there is good feedback it may just give me the incentive to pull out the notes and finish it off. 
If you fancy a fun hour then download this excerpt. 
The story is based around Eddie Mead. All his life he has been convinced he was somebody special but now he has to deal with the fact that he has discovered he is just the same as everyone else.

Opening Lines:
I awoke on that first morning at just after eight.  Decisiveness oozed through my veins like dog-shit through sandals.  Within two minutes of swinging out of bed I had made three earth-shattering decisions.
One: to kill myself.
Two: to put down in writing my life so far as a warning to others.
Three: to change to skimmed milk.


I hope you enjoy it.....

Word Count: 9469
Written: 1994/5

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