Sussex Villains W.H. Johnson

ISBN: 9781853068058

Published: October 1st 2003


128 pages


Sussex Villains  by  W.H. Johnson

Sussex Villains by W.H. Johnson
October 1st 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 128 pages | ISBN: 9781853068058 | 9.72 Mb

In 1988 I retired from the post I had held for ten years as a Schools Inspector in south London. Prior to that I had been a comprehensive school head for thirteen years and before that... well, thats back in the mists of time but it includes being brought up in South Shields, County Durham, and later Hexham, Northumberland. There were my happy grammar school days- my expanding world-view during two and a half years in the services- my University and then onto the serious world which, when I look back on it, seems to have passed with incredible swiftness.

Lifes sneaky that way. It just goes on and on and then one morning you wake up and realise your working days are over. Just like that!Since retirement I have written more than twenty non-fiction books on local history, true crime, disasters, the supernatural and superstitions. I have won several awards including the South East Arts Prose Prize and I was a finalist in the Fenner Brockway Peace Prize for Literature.Most books have been traditionally published, the rest self-published. I have written two novels, And Such Great Names as These, winner of the NAWG Award for best novel, and Winter Hunt.

These books I wrote under the name of Allen Makepeace (see separate account below). Winter Hunt, a thriller set in the early nineteenth century, reflects my interest in the criminal history of England.My first book was The Macaroni Dancers, a collection of prize-winning short stories, set in north-east England.In April 2012 I wrote A VIRGIN IN THE PHILIPPINES which is available only in e-book format.

It begins: ‘Three years ago I’d never have given a thought to visiting the Philippines. It wouldn’t have appeared in even my top hundred places to visit. Come to that, I’d never thought of re-marrying.’This 40,000 word travelogue, more a diary than a guide book, describes my marriage to a Filipina (by the way, we met through neither a dating agency nor ebay!) and my two extended stays in her homeland.

Lest there should be any doubt, I am the virgin in question though only in a figurative sense.I love the Philippines, the place and the people and I hope it shows though my writing.

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