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John Hickman was born March 1945 in the 'little room' upstairs at 8 Barlby Road, Kensington, London, England. According to Carole, his wife of forty-nine years, "that should make him a mature writer."
Educated at private schools he was editor of his school magazine. Unable to secure a University Scholarship he joined Westminster Bank, and then became a hotelier where he worked in the family business at the Harewood Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.
John joined the Pest Control industry based in the UK before migrating with his family in 1971 as 'ten pound Poms.' They became naturalised Australians in 1973.
John specialised in pest control, fumigation, and timber preservation throughout S.E. Queensland and the South Pacific Islands.
He and his family also farmed Javan Rusa deer in the South Burnett region of Queensland.
After retirement in 2003 John started to 'smell the flowers' and realised how most of them smelled the same. Unable to play golf, he discovered a passion for writing.
John’s first book 'Reluctant Hero' is about his dad, Bill, who was a Lancaster bomber pilot in WW2.
John's second book 'Tripping Over' is an interesting and entertaining story of life in post war England in the 1950s and 1960s.
It provides an historical glimpse into the author’s family’s lives and is a comic foil to 'Reluctant Hero'.
'Sex, Lies & Crazy People' is the follow on from 'Tripping Over'.
John tells the Bittersweet true story about his family’s involvement in the Harewood Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent in England during the 1960s interspersed with self-deprecating reminisces. Best described as a true life Fawlty Towers – but without Basil.
Unlike Fawlty Towers John's are all true stories.
'G'day Down-Under' is due to be published in 2016. It's a light hearted look at their family migration, and highlights some of the difficulties faced by Poms in Oz during the 1970s.
Other books may follow about John's lifetime at work in the Pest Control Industry, how not run a Deer farm, and after retirement his life at the pointy end of the queue in Happy Valley.
on June 27, 2011 :
Pamela E. PETERSON says:
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28/06/2011 at 4:52 pm
Hello John, from Pamela Peterson: We [you know who] downloaded, and printed, your Book – “Reluctant Hero” from the Smashwords Site.
I found "Reluctant Hero" a very involving story, right to the end, and the details very enlivening. I recommend this Book to any reader as the story suits to all tastes in literature. It displays seriousness, humour, life’s dreadful moments and happy moments, some anti-establishment attitudes, and of course heroism. I read the Book in a week [maybe a little less] and only put the Book down to undertake those menial life tasks. That is a quick read for me, and I have read many Books, at greater cost too, by more famous authors, and have been disappointed quite often, and in that vain, I suggest this “Reluctant Hero” true story is right up there with many published and much publicised authors. So those of you who have taken time to see just what Titles Smashwords has available, will be very impressed and enjoy a truly “good read” for a small expenditure in choosing to download and read this intriguing true story. Folks – just do it – you will be truly pleased with your selection.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 07, 2011 :
Reluctant Hero is a book that transports the reader into a stream of sub consciousness; the pleasurable state that a reader attains from a book he finds and can't put down. Through strong characters and a rise and fall in tension smattered with humorous, original simile John Hicknan has written another must read for all. Congratulations John.
Morrie Melcer.. Author.. Scope subscriber.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)