Frank Rawlins

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I was born and brought up in historic Stamford in England, but now live near even more historic Oxford. I have a lovely wife, two lovely grown-up children and spouses, two lovely grandchildren, and four lovely step-grandchildren (such is the way of modern life).

I was a journalist for a chunk of my adult life – from junior reporter to editor – until I got really brassed off with working for somebody else and became a freelance editor/writer.

A funny thing happened when I reached 30-ish. I got interested in gardening. I so impressed myself designing my blank-canvas garden that I eventually took a course, and launched myself as a garden designer.

I combined the two enterprises for quite a while, until the gardener was overcome by a resurgent writing bug. So here we are...

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Boo's Zoo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,390. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 3, 2015 by Frank Rawlins. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
What happens when a would-be British zoo curator meets an American zoo keeper full of great ideas and a smile dipped in sunshine? They fall in love and have a zoo like no other. It's in the Clotswolds, for a start - the weird and wonderful hidden corner of England. It's also the home of the world's most famous giant pandas and many strange creatures. Great reading for all the family.
Ozac from Bozac
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,460. Language: British English. Published: October 3, 2014 by Frank Rawlins. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
It was the adventure of a lifetime. Upper Gumtree’s librarian, Courtney Bigguns-Lately, took home the rarely borrowed 'A Beginner's Guide To Building Spaceships, With Easy To Follow Illustrations', and followed them precisely. And guess where he ended up? No, not Chipping Norton. Although he did have to return to the Clotswolds. Yes, the Clotswolds ...
Potter In The Garden
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,070. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2014 by Frank Rawlins. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
You can’t move for gardening books these days … but, be honest, how many of them have got a decent joke? Potter In The Garden has them by the shedload. Old Bill Potter guides readers through the growing pains of a young man who hadn’t got a clue about gardening – but discovered he had it in him to become a world-class potterer. Funny, warm. Possibly the funniest gardening book you'll ever read.
Anything But Temptation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,350. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013 by Frank Rawlins. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Unashamedly adult book with an absorbing story, exciting finale, moving theme – and lots of sex. Stylish, humorous, probably the classiest erotica of the year. George Foster has one overriding flaw – a manic sex drive. Like the Oscar Wilde character, he can resist anything but temptation. It wreaks havoc with his life and business, and opens him up to blackmail. Can anyone save him?


Big Dick's Little Black Book
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,570. Language: British English. Published: August 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
So what exactly do soccer managers write in their notebooks as they prowl the touchline? Who knows? It’s not something that’s been taught. Until now. 'Big Dick's Little Black Book' reveals the traumatic and hilarious birth of a new football manager thrown into the deep end of the English Premier League survival, worth millions to his club. Funny, sometimes bawdy, sometimes moving.
Cruise Virgins … Bajan Lovers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,530. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Cruises
Thinking about a cruise, but can't make up your mind? A lot of people are in the same boat, as it were. So Frank Rawlins, the man who brought you 'Holiday Of A Lifetime ... Never Again!' – the story of two sixtysomethings who set out to conquer Peru and Machu Picchu – goes to the Caribbean in search of paradise. Will he and the redoubtable Mrs R find it?
My Huckleberry Friend And Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,820. Language: British English. Published: January 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
A way of life, a way of growing up, began to change as the 1950s moved into the Swinging Sixties, as the TV era evolved. It wasn’t an age of innocence – mischief aplenty included pilfering and poaching, gang fights, and discovering sex – but it was an age of comparative freedom. These rascally tales are irreverent, funny, politically incorrect. Not so much Cider With Rosie as Tizer with Terry.
Simple Matter Of Style
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,070. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
An introduction from an old editor to a new generation of would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen for creative writing. Acclaimed by the heads of the UK’s two leading journalism schools, both of which run courses accredited by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training Of Journalists).
W for Wordsmith
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,390. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
Part 3 of The Little Primer. An introduction for would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen to write – a little primer full of tips and hints delivered with easy humour that ensures you won't forget them in a hurry.
B for Broca's Area
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,760. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
An introduction for would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen to write – a little primer full of tips delivered with easy humour that ensures you won't forget them in a hurry. Written by a former newspaper editor-turned-author for the school-leaver, graduate, career-changer, or inveterate dreamer. Easy to follow, easy to remember. And not mired in boring technicalities.
L for Literature
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,280. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
An introduction for would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen to write – a little primer full of tips and hints delivered with easy humour that ensures you won't forget them in a hurry.
A Lifetime Of Holidays ... Part One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,380. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Brace yourself for a series of strange (sometimes dangerous, often laugh-out-loud funny) adventures and colourful characters as 'holidaylogue' author Frank Rawlins goes from seaside England to Greece and Spain, north Africa, Hong Kong and Australia. A worthy follow-up to ebook success Holiday Of A Lifetime ... Never Again!, the story of two sixtysomethings who set out to conquer Peru.
Holiday Of A Lifetime ... Never Again!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,220. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
A fascinating and funny guide to Peru – marking the centenary of the rediscovery of the Incas’ ‘lost’ city of Machu Picchu. Just 100 years after the American explorer Hiram Bingham III made his startling revelation, two sixtysomething Brits reveal how they followed in his footsteps. Taking a few extras ... aches, pains, the merciless Bicester Bug, and a strange gaggle of fellow tourists.
Sam And Sam
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,390. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
A simple yet complicated corny poignant sad-happy sexy funny love story. The world of motor racing smashes into the world of restaurants. Can anyone get out unscathed?
When It Comes To The Crunch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,810. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Take three quirky but determined characters on a mission and an institutionally obdurate law system. Mix in a late-midlife crisis, some rollicking senior sex, a teacher with a magnificent collection of swear words, and a dash of blackmail. Bring to the boil with a campaigning newspaper and its unholy trinity, The Three Muskrats. And enjoy a fast and funny drama.
The Trouble With Money
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,510. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
It’s the dream of countless millions of us – to win the lottery jackpot, or at least enough to live without financial worries. But what would really happen to you after the win? Would your life really change for the better? The story of Harry and Jules, and their big win, and the problems it brings, might make you think again. A fast and funny read that's both shocking and endearing...
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,860. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Take a pinch of Morse, a dash of Lewis, a spoonful of Hathaway ... and there you have Norm. Norman Philip Ducker, Oxford’s curious new detective. Cosmology and the mathematics of chaos fascinate him. So do football, motor racing, and the art of winning. But he still can’t get his head round opera. He likes pop; he drinks lager as well as real ale. Oh, and he's not a policeman...

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