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.
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Sex, Lies & Crazy People
by John Hickman
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
by John Hickman
'Tripping Over' is a true story of life in post war England in the 1950s and 1960s. It tells the story of John, who grows up in the shadow of his dad, a returned war hero. John senses he is different but not in a good way and knows he has big shoes to fill. He is not coping well. Beleaguered and confused, poor judgement and clumsiness dog his every move. John's self-deprecating humour prevails.
by John Hickman
True story about John's dad, Bill, who left school at 14 and became a pilot of Lancaster Bombers in WWII. He wanted to be part of the 'establishment' but rebelled when he realised how expendable he was. Victim of their class concious attitudes, he was unwilling to toe their line. Against all odds he survived but was penalised, dismissed without a commission or job. Even told he was unfit to fly
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