I have published four books so maybe that makes me an author. I am a member of the so-called 'golden generation' that was born just after the second world war, 1946 in my case, who have lived through a time of increasing prosperity and social and health care. There was always the imminent threat of nuclear war, but I'm not complaining.
I suppose I knew from an early age I was gay but without defining it as such. It was highly illegal then as well as being seen as socially unacceptable. Things have thankfully changed since then, but I will refrain from putting too much biographical detail here, as that would be a spoiler for my memoir, but I now live in the north of England with family nearby.
This page is essentially to provide links to my books and to the various other miscellaneous writings I have produced.
The Clouds Still Hang The true story of my life. The only fictional elements are that I have changed the names of people and some place names. The events are true.|
A Little Book of Islam A quick easy read that covers the basics of this important religion.
Apostrophe Catastrophe Forget what you were taught at #school. There's just ONE simple apostrophe rule. Never get it wrong again!
Hunting Harry A fast paced short story of deception and betrayal.
Miscellaneous Blog posts and Links
This is my memoir, the story of my own life told through my avatar, Simon. I can't call it an autobiography as I've had to change many names etc. so biographical memoir it is. The complete trilogy is also available in print and also large print; also to download as an audiobook; hear me read my own true story. I should warn that due to sexual (but not porn) and suicide content that my book is recommended for those over 18 only.
Full details are on the book's website; http://www.thecloudsstillhang.com
Islam is scary. Muslims are scary. Or so many westerners think, and after the recent history of terrorism carried out by Muslims in the name of Islam, one can understand it if that is all they know about approximately 1.25 billion people on the planet, or about one in six people on Earth. Islam is more than just a religion as the term is usually seen in the west by most people. It is a whole way of life and is central to a Muslim's existence. But is this scary? Fear can often be explained by ignorance of the other and I hope that this little book will help in a small way to spread a little more knowledge of Islam and its followers and help to bridge a widening gap between Muslims and the societies in the west where they live.
"An excellent read. Accessible, well-researched and useful pick up. For those totally new to Islam, and who know nothing about it, then this is for you. It presents a balanced, no-nonsense approach to Islam which is suitable for a newbie, a scholar or for those with a passing interest in learning about this beautiful religion. This is a book to have on your shelf and I hope that many will read it."
Andrew (Drew) Dalton
"First of all. I feel the need to start by commending Patrick C. Notchtree for his exceptional work on this book. It went above and beyond my expectations. A little book of Islam is a well- researched and understandable book." Reviewer
"Presenting a dispassionate approach to Islam. The book has 25 short chapters on essential topics on Islam. You' ll find topics ranging from the birth of Islam to the teachings of the Qu'ran. To the concept of Angels and Jinn. " Reviewer
You can order it at bookshops or on-line as a paperback or for Kindle at amazon.co.uk | amazon.com . | amazon.in
The apostrophe must be the most misunderstood and misused piece of punctuation in the language. This is made worse by the fact that most people simply fail to understand what it does, and make it unnecessarily complicated. The result is that many people, in an effort to appear correct, use a scatter-gun approach, dropping in apostrophes every time the letter "s" ends a word, for plurals, possessives and contractions alike.
In fact, using the apostrophe correctly is easy - once you know the rule!
Notice I say, "the rule". Despite the confusion about this and many variations, there is in fact just one place where an apostrophe is used. Just one. It really is easy to remember. Buy the book and never get it wrong again!
You can order it bookshops or on-line - Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com. | Amazon Australia.
A city financier dies leaving millions locked away in secret accounts. His son looks forward to a fortune but there's a catch, the will. It falls to a jobbing actor to play the role of his life to unlock the key to great wealth. Follow the twists and turns of the plot in this short book.
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