In September 2018 it will be the 10th anniversary of my wife and I moving to Cyprus from Britain, with our two trusty dogs, Harvey and Holly. In that time I started writing about what life is like as a Brit living in Cyprus. Today I publish my fifth book in the series, Living in Cyprus. In more than five years of writing about Cyprus I would never have believed how popular these books would be. Even more astonishing is how popular 'A Pat on his Back' is, which is my book about our move to Cyprus and the initial culture shock that ensued.
There is always something that marks the passing of another year and this year has been as much about problems created beyond our control, that is Brexit and at the same time day-to-day problems of a more personal nature. Some things you can easily write about, others are more difficult because you don't want to offend others. So, suffice to say, there's a sequel to 'A Pat on his Back' in the pipeline, called 'A Place in the Shade' which will deal with the nuances of working in an environment which can sometimes feel like a session at the United nations.
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About the Author
I was born in the corner of the living room, behind the TV. So said my father many times, and the family agreed whole heartedly. That seems to have set the tone for the rest of my life. In the corner or behind the TV, what is officially known about my birth is that it took place in England to working class parents. My mother inspired me to write, Doctor Who and Isaac Asimov inspired my love of science fiction, Monty Python inspired me to be silly and I blame Billy Connelly for my infrequent bursts of bad language. After an uninspiring bout of education at Grammar School, I failed my GCSEs miserably. I blamed it on too much revision and not enough coffee - yes I was addicted at an early age. After a number of years working in an office and gaining the giddy heights of special director at the age of twenty-two I did what only a child of indeterminate birthplace could do, I resigned. Personal computers had just been developed, and I wanted to buy one to become a writer. So I got a job in a warehouse shifting boxes. It paid better than office work and I could use my brain to write stories in between tea-breaks. That was forty years ago. Now, after forty years as a computer programmer, I have finally come full circle and have started a career in writing. I may pop my clogs tomorrow, but I have managed one thing on my list of things to do before I die, writing and publishing a book. I currently reside in the Republic of Cyprus with my wife and two mad English Springer Spaniels.