John Hickman

Biography

John Hickman was born in the UK at the end of WWII. He grew up in the shadow of his war hero father, Bill.
Attending numerous schools due to the family moving for Bill’s work, John learned quickly to enjoy the most of the moment, and to not take life too seriously. His books are a glimpse into his world and the imagination that has grown from those life experiences.
After specialising in global pest control, fumigation, and timber preservation, John and his family diversified into farming Javan Rusa deer, in the South Burnett.
After retirement in 2003 and unable to play golf, he discovered a latent passion for writing.
John’s first book 'Reluctant Hero' is about his Dad, Bill, who survived as a Lancaster bomber pilot in WW2.
John's second book 'Tripping Over' depicts the humorous side of life in post war England.
It provides a comic foil to his 'Reluctant Hero' reminiscent of a true life 'Diary Of A Wimpish Kid' during the 1950s and 1960s.
'Sex, Lies & Crazy People' is the follow on from 'Tripping Over'.
John tells the Bittersweet true story about his family’s involvement in the Harewood Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent in England during the 1960s interspersed with self-deprecating reminisces. Best described as a true life Fawlty Towers – but without Basil.
Unlike Fawlty Towers John's are all true stories.
'Living Upside Down' is John’s debut novel to feature the adventures of Sue and Roger, after writing three true stories this novel was inspired in part by the author’s thirty-five years of experience in the global pest control industry, life in the Archipelago, and migrating as ten pound poms.
Given the gift of LIFE - other books may follow about how not to run a Deer farm, and after retirement his life at the pointy end of the queue in a Happy Valley resort.

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Books

Living Upside Down
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,820. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Sue and Roger attempt to resolve family conflicts and improve their living standards by migrating in the 1970s with their two small children from England to the warmer Great Southern Land to become ‘fair dinkum Aussies’. This is an inspirational, laugh-out-loud story of one small family’s triumph over unbelievable odds while told with a self-deprecating humour.
Sex, Lies & Crazy People
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,330. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
John tells the bittersweet true story about his family’s involvement in the Harewood Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent in England during the 1960s, interspersed with self-deprecating reminisces. Best described as a true life Fawlty Towers – but without Basil
Tripping Over
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,330. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
'Tripping Over' is the true comic foil sequel to 'Reluctant Hero.' John grows up in post war England in the 1950s and 1960s in the shadow of his Dad, a returned war hero. John senses he is different but not in a good way and knows he has big shoes to fill. He is not coping well. Beleaguered and confused, poor judgement and clumsiness dog his every move. John's self-deprecating humour prevails.
Reluctant Hero
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,740. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
(4.00 from 1 review)
An incredible true story about John's Dad, Bill, who left school at 14 and became a Lancaster Bomber PILOT in WW2. He wanted to be part of the 'establishment' but rebelled when he realised how expendable he was. Victim of their class concious attitudes, he was unwilling to toe their line. An exciting, thrill-filled war story and a window into history.

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