Michael Tappenden attended Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School in Rochester, England. He achieved post-graduate qualifications, became a member of the Chartered Society of Designers and Principal Lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts. This might seem to be a fairly normal career path but between the first and last he also worked as a gravedigger, gardener, waiter and labourer with a gang of Irish workers. He also served with the Parachute Regiment of the British Army in the deserts of the Middle East and as part of a UN Peacekeeping Force in a civil war in Cyprus. In addition he continued a career as a graphic designer in London Design Consultancies as well as working as an interior designer and photographer. He also now plays the alto sax with far more enjoyment than skill. At the age of seventy, he decided he had probably experienced enough of life to be able to pick up a pen and write.
The reason behind this rather robust CV probably has a genetic connection as his father Ted 'Ham and Jam' Tappenden climbed from the wreckage of a Horsa glider, behind enemy lines, at sixteen minutes past midnight on June 6th 1944, to successfully attack and capture Pegasus Bridge, the first Allied action of D-Day and crucial to its success.
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