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So, who am I, and why do I think anybody is interested in what I have to say?

Firstly, my background: I have degrees in History, Psychology and Law from various UK universities and for the last twenty years have been working as a counselor and as a teacher of Psychology, and English as a Foreign Language, in the UK and Germany. Working intensively with hundreds of different people over the years makes you think a lot about what makes them tick and how the world functions.

I've chosen the name HAMPSTEAD because that is where I come from, the district of North London which has been home to some of the English language's finest writers.

SOMETIME IN ANDALUSIA is partly based on real events, but which these might have been is for the reader to decide. I'll let you get on with it, and I'll get back to considering your work . . .

I believe that we, as prospective writers, should help each other, and so I would like to ask other Authonomy members to look at my short story website: www.ten-minute-stories.com. I would be happy to include the first chapter (or at least a synopsis) of other members' novels; just send it in word form to the email address at the bottom of each story (not the welcome page).

If anyone is interested in reading the fuller, improved edition of SOMETIME IN ANDALUSIA it is available as an eBook at
www.amazon-com/dp/B006M5BDG2 or
www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006FJNP66 or

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Sometime in Andalusia

Michael Clifford

Something similar may have happened to you all those years ago . . . or you may wish that it had

Spain, Costa del Sol, 1974. In the dying days of the Franco dictatorship, the London schoolteacher Robert Winter brings a class of slum school kids to Andalusia to practice their Spanish - or at least that's what he was told to do. He's responsible for 20 teenage timebombs, in a country where the prime minister has just been assassinated and where he himself has a deadly secret.
But someone knows his secret . . . is it the beautiful, enigmatic Juanita, or is it the aging bullfighter Jésus who keeps following the group around? And what is it about his teennage school group, who don't only have the power to decide his happiness but also who lives and who dies?


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cynthiababy wrote 693 days ago

HELLO, My name is Cynthia Donatus,I am interested in your prof....

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Dear Michael, Having just read your pitch, I know I have to read yo....

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I wrote 926 days ago

I love learning languages, have been teaching English in Germany for 20 years, and I understand and endorse everything which you say. The problem is, too many people think learning a language is easier than it is, and are put off when reality hits them (maybe you should warn readers to expect this a... view book

I wrote 999 days ago

This is a wonderful, fast-paced novel which introduces readers to the events in Argentina during the 1970s. The use of the present tense gives the story an immediacy which makes us feel as if we are there, witnessing the events described. If the story continues in the same style to the end, at once... view book

I wrote 1149 days ago

Very captivating opening chapter. Also, I like the way in which you describe the details of the old man's surroundings, it's as if you were right there when you were writing. The second part, in the house, is a lively contrast, but this contrast makes it interesting: It arouses the reader's curiosit... view book

I wrote 1153 days ago

Great introduction, we get immediately drawn in because of the boy (a child is always guaranteed to win a reader's sympathy) and then the story develops. I'll be reading on, and will be backing it as soon as there is a free space on my shelf. Michael Clifford Sometime in Andalusia www.ten-m... view book

I wrote 1156 days ago

I don’t understand what “get a butcher’s of it all” means—is that because I’m American? "Get a butcher's of it all" is London Cockney rhyming slang for "Get a look at all." The principle of rhyming slang is to take two words which go together (Butcher's hook). The second of these words rhymes... view book

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