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About The Author



Born 21 August 1939, Plymouth, Devon, UK. Secondary education at Plymouth College.

Working life with HM Customs and Excise (on purchase tax in north and west London and at a distillery in Dagenham) and then with the Inland Revenue, including five years at the Special Investigations Section, dealing with tax avoidance and also tax evasion cases, followed by spells as a Senior Inspector in charge of tax offices in Willesden (north-west London), Dalston (north-east London) and finally Paignton, Devon.

From 1960 to 1962 did National Service in the RAF, servicing V-bomber navigation and bombing radar equipment, mainly at Marham, Norfolk.

Married to Jennifer with a son (in Australia) and a daughter (in the UK) and five very sporty grandsons.

Interests: politics, music, history, theology (Christian and Jewish), travel, railways and photography (which two often combine).

Published in 2015 The Basel Formula (Part 1 of The Basel Trilogy) and in 2016 The Basel Exodus (Part 2). Both are available from Amazon on Kindle and in Paperback.

Now published, in late 2016, Part 3, The Basel Account.

Also in the pipeline, an unconnected novel: O Château, O Seasons! a romance set in the Ardèche region of France south of Lyon.

Apart from Moscow he has visited all the locations featured in these novels.

His book of railway photographs, Plymouth Steam 1954 to 1963 was published in 1984 and he has contributed photographs to several railway magazines. Another book of railway photographs is planned which will cover the Southern Region of British Railways from Padstow through to Dover during the 1950s and early 1960s..