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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.
on March 12, 2012 :
Tobey Tuckmouse is a shopkeeper and postal agent at Bluebell Rise in the countryside,where he lives the quiet regulated and uneventful life of a country gentleman(mouse).That is,- until his brother in law Tewfik Templemouse is murdered, and unable to return the "Eye Of Horus"to the temple of Isis.
The virtues of duty, honour,loyalty and care are elements of a gentleman-mouse,and Tobey succumbs to the entreaties of his sister. He will return the Eye to the temple.He sets off alone, until he discovers his nephew as a stowaway.
Along the way the two of them are involved in many adventures, cosequently the storey never flags due to new twists in events; from kidnapping ,to rat gangs, attempted murder,royal intrigue, escapades in the desert, and a cobra that must be fed.
These adventures occur against the backdrop of that peaceful comfortable world of "cosy parlours;" "snug beds;"
--and choice of tea,--"Indian or China"? That era in which childrens storey-book heroes such as William or Biggles would feel at home.
The storey is written in an easy flowing style in language which is simple clear and direct.It is also instructive, with many snippets of information; eg. "The Warrior"- the first iron clad battleship in the British Navy; or about sand vipers who hide in the desert sand to await their prey. More importantly it holds the readers attention without resorting to fanciful scenes, with frenzied activity or the curses presently in vogue.
Problems are solved in a direct sensible and practical manner which will not leave young readers having nightmares for want of a satisfactory solution; or about snakes in the dark.Sober sensible Tobey finds a sensible answer.In fact in his way Tobey becomes a down-to- earth,unappreciated 007.
The author has created for us a substratum world of small engaging creatures where mouse society flourishes with its postal-;railway-;curator-;political-, and so forth, mice.
They parallel and mirror their human counterparts so that
mouse life and animal events have an allegorical reflection on human behaviour. Farouk Pasha a political mouse and in opposition to the ruling mouse clan that guard the temple ,nevertheless tries to keep in with all sides as well as plotting with the rats. And Rasool,a bad rat who foreswears his active part in crime, and then becomes famouse as the banker who introduces the profitable "Miscellaneous Charges" in banking.
This is a book which children and adults will both find exciting ,instructive and amusing. Each chapter is fresh and holds new developments which are bound to make you follow on to the next one to satisfy your curiosity.
(reviewed 87 days after purchase)
on March 11, 2012 :
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(reviewed 86 days after purchase)
on Jan. 13, 2012 :
I began reading The Travels of Tuckmouse in anticipation of reviewing a child’s book, but found myself drawn into the tale very quickly, and despite having other books on my bedside table, I couldn’t stop reading – just one more chapter . . . until I’d read them all.
It’s a delightful, amusing and informative story that takes the reader on a journey from the comfortable Victorian life of rural England (of a very respectable family of mice) not only to mysterious 19th century Egypt, but enchantingly beyond, into a wonderful world of imagination. It is the kind of book that could quite easily lure you away from television and back into that gracious, companionable time when everyone gathered around the fire to listen to Mama or Papa read the next fascinating chapter – with cries of ‘Oh no!’ when it’s time for bed. This is indeed a story for all ages. Enjoy!
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)