The Author – and the Critics

The author at 20 - college-kid!

The author at 20 – college-kid! Around the same age as Paul Barrett, the hero (aniti-hero) of my novel The Dropout

   The Author

Originally earmarked for the Methodist Mission Field, I soon discovered that ‘the missionary position’ didn’t suit me. A post-university career in telecommunications took me to the Middle East where I moonlighted as a journalist and socialized heavily with the ‘natives’ and with stewardesses from one of the local airlines, which came in handy when I started writing Shaikh-Down.

I now live a few miles outside Brighton in southeast England with my partner and our rescue-centre lurcher called Milly.



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Reading from THE BEXHILL MISSILE CRISIS at Peckham Library, a Paradise Press event, March 2015

Reading from THE BEXHILL MISSILE CRISIS at Peckham Library, a Paradise Press event, March 2015

The Critics

What the critics said about THE DROPOUT

David Gee’s tongue-in-cheek, if dark, social and sexual satire (a sort of cross between David Lodge and Tom Sharpe) leads us through a topsy-turvy world of sexual shenanigans and unconventional relationships conducted behind the outwardly respectable façade of small town life, a façade which the return of the prodigal son, Paul, cracks wide open, to reveal the unsavoury secrets lurking behind it.

This is a highly-absorbing, entertaining and ultimately satisfying read, and one which I would unhesitatingly recommend.

Tim Bennett-Gordon in Polari Magazine

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 What the critics said about SHAIKH-DOWN

 “Witty, entertaining, raunchy and very well written.”
Peter O’Donnell, creator of  MODESTY BLAISE

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“A delicious, laugh-out-loud, randy romp through the myopic and bawdy world of Gulf expatriate life, set against the chilling winds of change.”

Jack Scott,  author of  PERKING THE PANSIES

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“Ribald and politically incorrect. Set in a fictitious but absolutely believable Arab state where sheikhs and their minions are locked in a life-and-death struggle to survive the relentless move towards democracy. Entertaining.”
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“Probably a Zionist plot masterminded by the CIA to undermine the good image of morally irreproachable Gulf Arabs.”

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