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Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1953.
I have been and am a teacher, writer, historian and actor. I taught English, Theatre Studies and Religious Studies in Yorkshire, UK, for 20 years. I have a wide ranging historical knowledge with an emphasis on 11th and 12th century Ireland, The American Civil War 1861-1865 and the German/Russian conflict of 1941-1945.
I arrived at being a writer via a quite circuituous route! In the 1970's I worked in catering including a spell as chef in the famous Captain America's Cookhouse of Dublin. I was a political activist until I got sense and moved to England in 1979! there I worked in construction for many years until I began teaching and acting.
Rugby has been a lifelong passion of mine since I began playing competetively as a school boy culminating in my playing for Headingley R.U.F.C. (now Leeds Rugby) in the 1980's.
I am a brother of the poet George Wakefield and half a son and a step daughter.
I live in Dublin and am very appreciative of the medium of epublishing and the attendant social media that allows me to engage with my readers.
on Oct. 23, 2012 :
This novella by William Wakefield is an unusual combination of the Western and Supernatural genres.
The author vividly evokes the vast desolation of the Great Plains in the years before Texas became part of the United States and its only inhabitants were wild animals and the native peoples such as the Comanche.
In such a setting we are used to reading about gun slingers or settlers but perhaps not the life of the buffalo hunter. The story gives an interesting factual account of the actual processes involved in the pursuit and ultimate massacre of the Great Herd while simultaneously being a suspenseful,eerie tale featuring seventeen protagonists, a rag tag group of disparate men, all with an interesting back story of their own.
They set out seeking wealth from slaughter and find themselves alone in the wilderness, prey to ....something or someone. What they discover is that the acquisition of money rapidly takes a back seat faced with the wilderness, the forces of nature and the stark fact that no one can rescue them when events reach a shocking climax.
Without wanting to give away too much about story's ending I look forward to reading the further adventures of young Elias Maguire and seeing the burgeoning America through his eyes.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)