Frank Rawlins

Biography

I was born and brought up in historic Stamford in England, but now live near even more historic Oxford. I have a lovely wife, two lovely grown-up children and spouses, two lovely grandchildren, and four lovely step-grandchildren (such is the way of modern life).

I was a journalist for a chunk of my adult life – from junior reporter to editor – until I got really brassed off with working for somebody else and became a freelance editor/writer.

A funny thing happened when I reached 30-ish. I got interested in gardening. I so impressed myself designing my blank-canvas garden that I eventually took a course, and launched myself as a garden designer.

I combined the two enterprises for quite a while, until the gardener was overcome by a resurgent writing bug. So here we are...

Where to find Frank Rawlins online


Where to buy in print


Books

Cruise Virgins … Bajan Lovers
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,530. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Cruises
Thinking about a cruise, but can't make up your mind? A lot of people are in the same boat, as it were. So Frank Rawlins, the man who brought you 'Holiday Of A Lifetime ... Never Again!' – the story of two sixtysomethings who set out to conquer Peru and Machu Picchu – goes to the Caribbean in search of paradise. Will he and the redoubtable Mrs R find it?
My Huckleberry Friend And Me
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,820. Language: British English. Published: January 24, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
A way of life, a way of growing up, began to change as the 1950s moved into the Swinging Sixties, as the TV era evolved. It wasn’t an age of innocence – mischief aplenty included pilfering and poaching, gang fights, and discovering sex – but it was an age of comparative freedom. These rascally tales are irreverent, funny, politically incorrect. Not so much Cider With Rosie as Tizer with Terry.
Simple Matter Of Style
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,090. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
An introduction from an old editor to a new generation of would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen for creative writing. Acclaimed by the heads of the UK’s two leading journalism schools, both of which run courses accredited by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training Of Journalists).
W for Wordsmith
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,390. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
Part 3 of The Little Primer. An introduction for would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen to write – a little primer full of tips and hints delivered with easy humour that ensures you won't forget them in a hurry.
B for Broca's Area
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,760. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
An introduction for would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen to write – a little primer full of tips delivered with easy humour that ensures you won't forget them in a hurry. Written by a former newspaper editor-turned-author for the school-leaver, graduate, career-changer, or inveterate dreamer. Easy to follow, easy to remember. And not mired in boring technicalities.
L for Literature
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,280. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
An introduction for would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen to write – a little primer full of tips and hints delivered with easy humour that ensures you won't forget them in a hurry.
A Lifetime Of Holidays ... Part One
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,380. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Brace yourself for a series of strange (sometimes dangerous, often laugh-out-loud funny) adventures and colourful characters as 'holidaylogue' author Frank Rawlins goes from seaside England to Greece and Spain, north Africa, Hong Kong and Australia. A worthy follow-up to ebook success Holiday Of A Lifetime ... Never Again!, the story of two sixtysomethings who set out to conquer Peru.
Holiday Of A Lifetime ... Never Again!
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,220. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
A fascinating and funny guide to Peru – marking the centenary of the rediscovery of the Incas’ ‘lost’ city of Machu Picchu. Just 100 years after the American explorer Hiram Bingham III made his startling revelation, two sixtysomething Brits reveal how they followed in his footsteps. Taking a few extras ... aches, pains, the merciless Bicester Bug, and a strange gaggle of fellow tourists.
Sam And Sam
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,390. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A simple yet complicated corny poignant sad-happy sexy funny love story. The world of motor racing smashes into the world of restaurants. Can anyone get out unscathed?
When It Comes To The Crunch
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,810. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Take three quirky but determined characters on a mission and an institutionally obdurate law system. Mix in a late-midlife crisis, some rollicking senior sex, a teacher with a magnificent collection of swear words, and a dash of blackmail. Bring to the boil with a campaigning newspaper and its unholy trinity, The Three Muskrats. And enjoy a fast and funny drama.
The Trouble With Money
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,370. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
It’s the dream of countless millions of us – to win the lottery jackpot, or at least enough to live without financial worries. But what would really happen to you after the win? Would your life really change for the better? The story of Harry and Jules, and their big win, and the problems it brings, might make you think again. A fast and funny read that's both shocking and endearing...
Norm
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,860. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Take a pinch of Morse, a dash of Lewis, a spoonful of Hathaway ... and there you have Norm. Norman Philip Ducker, Oxford’s curious new detective. Cosmology and the mathematics of chaos fascinate him. So do football, motor racing, and the art of winning. But he still can’t get his head round opera. He likes pop; he drinks lager as well as real ale. Oh, and he's not a policeman...

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