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Modus Vivendi

Sometimes the life choices we make and the simple necessities of making our way in the world detract from our natural bents and inclinations. I suspect that a wiser head might have seen the efforts of a nine year old boy in post-war Britain to set up a street library and local children's newspaper as a pointer to a possible career development.

Regrettably, such was not the case and the desire to plant a fertile imagination on a sheet of plain paper gave way to the ambitions of personal and professional objectives in other spheres. The silver lining in having spent a lifetime accumulating a sizeable collection of T shirts  in ventures extending from the UK to Spain, Portugal and Brazil is the access to knowledge and ideas invaluable to someone who wishes to spend the rest of his life writing for pleasure in the genre he finds most appealing. These are the fruits of this labour thus far.

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Pieces for the Wicked

Written in my spare time between 2007 and 2010, Pieces is the story of a terrorist activist who, along with a group of ruthless colleagues, uses his expertise to launder and channel funds‚Äč into efforts to further destabilise the Middle East. Posing as an influential corporate executive, but becoming more and more disillusioned with his motivation, our anti-hero sets about trying to collapse his corporate base and extricate himself from a life with which he no longer feels an affinity.

This first shot at a full length novel was edited by Mary Lynn Roby in the USA and published as an e-book on Smashwords.             

Painful Truths

Painful Truths - a 3 act play that charts the story of two families in Portugal as the 1975 Revolution was underway and a snapshot, exactly ten years later. At the centre of the action is the fate of a child raised by one family, but claimed by another and the anguish caused by family feuds and mistaken identities. 

The original title of the play, The Barretto Reserve, was coincidentally the name of the Portuguese producer who was first approached to stage the production and the name changed at his suggestion to avoid any confusion. The play is currently being translated into Portuguese for submission to the National Theatre in Lisbon.  

Following Painful Truths, the next play in the Bloodlines trilogy is The Last Chapter, the trials of a frustrated author about to lose his wife and who just cannot come to terms with the final pages of his latest work - a dilemma with fatal conclusions.

Pussy Willow is my first effort at a TV screenplay, the story of an old man who is reunited with his estranged family after thirty years and, in doing so, becomes embroiled in a scandal involving a French pharmaceutical company and its dubious international connections.

I once read that a book is here forever, available to enrich the lives of future generations. Well, maybe so, but I would not be pretentious enough to want to believe that anything I have written or may write in the future would achieve this objective. However, I do see my efforts as having one message for those whom I love. Having a dream and striving to realise the potential to achieve it is one of the fundamental strands of life and adds colour to the world and value to a person's appreciation of those around us and those we cherish.