My true crime adventure depicted in ‘Paying for the Past’ has been life changing – the aftermath taking a decade to go through the courts. A diary I kept at the time inspired me to write the book.
My writing background includes a creative writing course with The London School of Journalism and research articles published in peer reviewed journals. Apart from my true crime story ‘Paying for the Past’ I have completed two novels, ‘The Sand Hide’ and ‘Cold Friends’.
When I’m not writing, I work as an osteopath and live in the beautiful village of Steyning in Sussex with my wife Carol, a retired acupuncturist and now a sculptor. We have two children each from our first marriages, and five grandchildren. Carol and I have walked some of the greatest treks in the world including, The Inca Trail in Peru, the Amazon basin, The Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China.
I was born in Bridgend, South Wales, in 1941, one of six children. We lived in an prefab at the foot of a Welsh hillside before moving to a council estate in London when I was seven. I left school at fourteen and took more than a dozen jobs, including cinema projectionist and photographer’s assistant, before establishing a building and shop-fitting company. One of my most exciting jobs was motor racing promotions manager for the infamous Southern Organs Company. I went on to complete my secondary education at forty.
I grew up with folk music, skiffle, the Beatles and Rock and Roll. The Dices Skiffle Group, my first band, was formed around 1956. I also sang as, Jeff Prince, with various groups doing Saturday morning pop concerts and talent shows at venues in London, including, the Shepherds Bush Empire and Chiswick Empire. We recorded a demo disc – 78rpm – at John Hassel Studios in London before I joined pop group, Peter and the Wolves, in 1962.
I love to paint, walk, travel, write and enjoy film, reading, art and eating out.