Lloyd Burton

Biography

After working for many years in Eastern and Southern Africa, where he has traveled extensively, Lloyd Burton now lives in retirement at Somerset West, South Africa. He is married and has two adult children. His main interest is writing.
Lloyd Burton’s first published works were a series of short stories on topical subjects that appeared in the Kenya Weekly News. His first full-length book, 'The Yellow Mountain' was published in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe}. It was adjudged best Rhodesian novel for 1978 and gained a nomination in that category for the prestigious Kingston Literary Award.
Then followed a long literary drought. Lloyd says: "Realizing eventually that I was fixated on the African conflict experience, I made a deliberate effort to apply myself to a completely new genre. I chose fantasy. My models of excellence were ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R.Tolkien and ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Graham. I also greatly admire the prose of Beatrix Potter.
"I began to write a series of short and not-so-short stories. Presented in the style of children's tales, they are really intended for grown-ups, like the books mentioned above. As there is no 'adult' content, children who are advanced readers may also enjoy them.
"Although these stories were written initially as an exercise and for my own amusement, over the years I accumulated a lot of work that did not fit into any of the popular pidgeon holes of commercial publishing. But a writer needs a readership, and with the advent of e-publishing I decided to let readers be the judges of quality, regardless of established genres.”

‘The Yellow Mountain’ is at present out of print. ‘Enchanted Kingdoms’ and ‘The Travels of Tuckmouse’ were published by Crink Publications where they are still available in hard copy. The latter is a full novel while the former is a collection of longer and shorter stories.
‘The Travels of Tuckmouse’ has been republished as an e-book by Smashwords, while ‘The Wicked Queen’, which first appeared in ‘Enchanted Kingdoms’ is now presented as a separate book. ‘The Lonely Giant’ is a full length novel, while 'The Ugly Sisters and Other Stories' is a collection of novelettes and shorter stories. Other books will soon follow.

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The Ugly Sisters and other stories
By Lloyd Burton
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,040. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2011. Category: Fiction
A collection of three novellas and two short stories. 'The Ugly Sisters' is an imaginative retelling of the story of Cinderella from a different perspective.Were the stepsisters as black as they are painted? Were the slippers really made of glass? As for the pumpkin coach and the mouse footmen, read on...
The Lonely Giant
By Lloyd Burton
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,380. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
Orphaned at a tender age, the infant giant Albert is raised by servants in a ramshackle castle. At eighteen years old he strikes out to trace his lost family. He meets a questing Knight, joins a circus, falls in love and confronts dragons and monsters before learning the dreadful truth about his origins. Shocked, he abandons his search and resolves to make a life among the kindly circus folk.
The Travels of Tuckmouse
By Lloyd Burton
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,430. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A family crisis launches Toby Tuckmouse on a mission to the mysterious land of Egypt. Travelling by horse tram, steam train and sailing ships, he meets strange creatures and odd folk along the way. He survives all dangers by land and sea to reach his destination, where fresh adventures await him. Ever the perfect gentleman, Toby engages every challenge with characteristic courage and resource.
The Wicked Queen
By Lloyd Burton
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,850. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
The Story-Behind-the-Story of Snow White. Discover the shocking truth in an exposé that lifts the lid on palace intrigue, hidden agendas and corruption in high places. Why did the King abandon his daughter? Why was the Queen so cruel? And who were the secret friends who plotted to restore the little Princess to her rightful position? Now read on…

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