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-eight 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.
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.
'Reluctant Hero' is a true story about John's dad, Bill, who was a Lancaster Bomber pilot in the Second World War.
John's second book 'Tripping Over' continues from where 'Reluctant Hero' finishes and was completed late in 2013.
Another work of John's in progress is; 'Sex, Lies & Crazy People,' a light hearted read about him working as an hotelier in the 1960s. This is best described as a true life Fawlty Towers with John and his dysfunctional family instead of John Cleese.
Unlike Fawlty Towers John's are all true stories.
'G'day Down-Under' is due to be published in 2015. It's about their family migration, and 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.
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