Former English teacher, now living in Perthshire, Scotland. Have been writing seriously for the past five years. Between 2008 and 2010, self published the first three animal stories in an illustrated children's series called 'The Colonel's Collection', the Colonel being a handsome cock pheasant! Check him out at www.thecolonelscollection.com. Also written a number of humorous short stories about characters encountered on journeys. Just completed the manuscript of my first novel for adults called 'Broken Journeys' for which I'm very actively seeking an agent/publisher!
Children's books: Rosemary Sutcliffe's books ('Eagle of the Ninth' etc.), Michael Morpurgo ('Why the Whales Came' etc.), Geraldine McCaughrean ('The Kite Rider' etc.), Michelle Paver's 'The Chronicles of Darkness' series.
Adult Books: anything by Jane Austen, Lewis Grassic Gibbon's 'Sunset Song', Pat Barker's 'The Regeneration Trilogy', Khaled Hosseini's ' a Thousand Splendid Suns', Kazuo Ishiguro's 'The Remains of the Day', Robin Jenkins's 'A Love of Innocence' (and I could go on . . .! )
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