Born 28 November 1945 in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England. Grew up in Croydon, South London (at that time in the county of Surrey). Educated at Selhurst Grammar School and Lincoln College, Oxford University. Taught first German and French to kids at the Royal Merchant Navy School in Wokingham, Berkshire, then English to German adults in Stuttgart, Germany. Published many readers and grammar books for learners of English. Now back in the UK and living in the ex-Post Office (which I ran until 2008 until it was closed down) in the small village of Tanygrisiau, North Wales. Busy learning Welsh so I can understand and communicate with the locals!
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Ned Kelly is Australia's Robin Hood. Born in 1854 into a poor Irish Catholic family, he and his brother Dan were always in trouble with the police even as kids. With their two friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart, they eventually became outlaws, robbing banks but giving the money they took to help the poor and oppressed people of Victoria Colony.
Read all about the adventures of Ned and his gang.
Anna and Matthew from Stevenage are spending their Easter holidays with their uncle and cousins in the Usk valley of south-east Wales. Their Uncle Richard, is a Countryside Warden and suspects that someone is tipping industrial waste sludge into local waterways. When Anna is woken late at night by the sound of a heavy truck driving up the hill past Canal House, she becomes suspicious. Read on!
Pennies for the Gas
Another set of five short stories by Philip Hewitt all involving supernatural, mystical or criminal. elements. If you enjoyed his "In a Former Life" you will love this collection, too.
In a Former Life
Each of these five stories touches on one aspect of the paranormal. If we believe in life after death, why do we not believe in a former life before birth? Or parallel lives lived by one and the same person? Or a child's ghost awaiting release from its earth-bound existence?
Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe that dreams can foretell the future? Do you believe that tragedies are re-enacted on the anniversary of their occurrence? If not, you should read these five short stories. Perhaps you will then change your mind!
Heike Braun is 17 years old and from Germany. She comes to spend the summer holidays with her aunt and cousins who live on a farm in North Wales. She meets a young man, Peter Wetherby, who begins to show an interest in her. He lives in a big old house with his parents, two elderly hippies who love to party and to smoke marijuana. But is that the only drug they use? And what is Peter's big secret?
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