Sunday, 30 December 2012

Prequel to Bunny on a Bike

Carol and Bev met at Keele University in the north of England in October 1977.  They had no idea that they would be firm friends for the duration of their courses and beyond. In fact, no-one could have foreseen such a pairing.

Carol is matter-of-fact, down-to-earth and a no-holds-barred kind of girl, whereas Bev is prone to over-thinking, loves literature and thrives on the random workings of the human mind.

The prequel to Bunny on a Bike has taken me back to my youth once more, to a time when government grants enabled most people, who were able, to go to universtity without taking out a substantial loan and when, at the end of a degree course, you could more or less count on getting a good job.

Bev and Carol went through a lot together, the good and the bad, the memorable and the forgettable.  My latest book is based on the three months I spent with Carol in France in the summer of 1979 as part of my French studies.  It was one of the most rewarding and diverse periods of my life and, although the book reflects the youthful flippancy we attached to life, it also seeks to dig deeper into those moments when the human mind discovers the layers which lie beneath, be it through literature, people-watching, food-poisoning or nude sunbathing.

Our trip was hugely entertaining and, in retrospect, hilarious. I hope you will have a look at it when I get through with the next few drafts.  Look out for it sometime in February.  In the meantime, and if you haven't already read it, you could try Bunny on a Bike first, as I wrote it first (Bev logic). 

In fact, I shall probably be thoroughly confusing and write a sequel next.  Please make allowances.  I'm just made that way.

Update: I went on to publish 'Stranded in the Seychelles', which is the third book in the Bev and Carol series.  I have an idea for a fourth, which will be based on my two year stay on the island of Crete.  Of course I shall take Carol along, it wouldn't be the same without her!

I do write mystery/suspense, too.  All my books are listed at the top of this page on the right.  Just click and you can have a closer look.


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