For Queen, Oil and Country: A Collection of Short Stories

For Queen, Oil and Country: A Collection of Short Stories

by Alan Norris


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For Queen, Oil and Country: A Collection of Short Stories by Alan Norris

This is an eclectic collection of short, and not-so-short stories, that I have written over the past years. Most of them are complete fiction, with perhaps their locality being the only anchor in reality. Others are of an autobiographical nature and I hope these will be obvious to you, the reader, as you come across them.
Several of these short stories will form the basis for longer works and one, The Hunter, has already become a full length novel and in the writing, it produced a seed that became the "William Blake" series of books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503314252
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2014
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Alan was born in Poole, Dorset, England on October 1st 1948. As a child, he lived in Canada for a few years in what was then a tiny settlement called Malton near Toronto, Ontario. He went to his first school in the village, a one-room school that was quite basic but typical of the times, in those outlying areas of the Canadian countryside.
Later in life he travelled to Western Australia where he worked as a design draughtsman and, in his spare-time, played drums with a very active band called 'Unicorn'.
Eventually, Alan returned to England, where he found a winter season of high unemployment and a frosty cold that he'd forgotten about. After a couple of dead-end jobs he joined the Royal Navy and quickly worked his way up to become a Chief Petty Officer.
His first ship was involved in the brief skirmish of the mid 1970s that they called the "Cod War". He should have seen the trend, because a few years later he was involved in the Falklands Conflict while serving on the frigate, HMS Argonaut. They were hit by two enormous bombs within minutes of the first day of action. One landed in the boiler room and the other became lodged in an ammunition magazine. Luckily neither of these devices exploded, but unfortunately two of our gunners were killed. One of them was just twenty-one years old that day.
Alan's writing began some years later when, as part of a team producing Technical Handbooks, he began to experiment with fiction and wrote a bag-full of short stories. The experiments continued until 2010 when he set out to use his new-found skills in a second career.
Alan now lives with his wife Stella in a quiet part of central Brittany, surrounded by books, forests, fields and their precious dogs, Elsa, Jester and Monty.
He still plays drums occasionally too.

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