Ray Jones, who died in 2011, was a very talented writer and artist. He had a children's book 'The Mouse that Roared' published in 1981 by Pan (Piccolo Books), More of his work, fiction,non-fiction and many sketches were published in the 'Oldie Magazine' and the 'Blackcountryman', a local magazine about his beloved Black Country in the West Midlands. He also has paintings hanging in the Dudley Art Gallery and Museum.
on Sep. 22, 2014 :
Ray Jones was my dad. These stories of Arnold's adventures were read out loud to me and my brother and sister during the 1970's. A time when television ruled supreme. A time before computers, iPhones, face book and social media. Rereading these stories now as an adult with grown up children, I can hear dad's voice telling them. Arnold is dad's alto ego, and a homage to Richmal Crompton and the just William stories. Arnold is an innocent and gullible child who creates chaos where ever he goes as he bumbles through life. These stories are timeless comical misunderstandings between children and adults set in a 1970's bubble of Black Country time. Enjoy!!!
(review of free book)