Beyond Pride and Prejudice : Lydia's Lives

At 16, Lydia Bennet, married Mr Wickham. And not before time, everyone declared – for wicked Lydia had shared Wickham’s bed without benefit of clergy. Some said she was born to be hanged. But – with a helping hand from Wellington and royal friends – there was a more interesting fate in store for Lydia! More

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About John A. Rickard

Writing fiction since retirement from full time work in 1998. One novel published (POD), and ‘Lydia’s Lives’ now completed. I'm planning to use own web site as marketing and writing tool.

Worked as a journalist for nearly 40 years, including 15 years in the Far East, based in Japan/Korea, and four years in the Middle East, Sultanate of Oman.

With Reuters News Agency for three years, including time as a war correspondent. Then worked for a variety of newspapers and publications full-time and as a freelance in a number of countries. Posts included reporter, sub-editor, columnist, editor, publisher, and newspaper owner. Among the many publications for whom I wrote were the Chicago Tribune, London Daily Mail, Melbourne Herald, South China Morning Post, Singapore Strait Times.

Also had experience as a radio journalist, news and features, delivering programmes and writing scripts.

My first newspaper job was with the ‘New York Times’ at its wartime Fleet Street bureau – as a messenger boy in the photographic department.

At 13 received 1 guinea for sale of short-short story to London evening paper ‘The Star’. First sale ever!

I had a variety of jobs after leaving school at age 14. Then spent six years in the Army, including service in Korea (South and North) with Commonwealth Public Relations Unit and the US Armed Forces Radio Service (Tokyo).

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