The non-fiction recall of my time at the pit-face of the teaching profession, entitled DID I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?, is now available through Amazon in eBook and paperback print-on-demand formats.
The fourth book in the Rupert Winfield Quartet is also now well underway. This final chapter in The Journeys of Rupert Winfield takes you to the burning deserts of Libya between the two World Wars and the struggle between Il Duce’s jewel in the crown colony of the new Roman Empire and the struggle for self-determination by the local inhabitants. London seems to be mildly interested in reports of Nazi plans for long range rockets, there is always the threat of Italian expansion into Egypt and the Suez Canal, not to mention the black gold under the sands. Then there is also delusion…
The closing of another chapter was reached with the completion of Room to Breathe, the fourth in the An Eccentric in Lucca series. There might be another one after that, as the Contessa is a wily bird and music is her sustaining passion…not to mention organized crime, which seems to have it in for Lucca’s leading accountant.
Both of these titles are now in the process of being prepared through Tigh Hattie Press and should be with Amazon by the end of this year.
I am also planning to make the various arrangements for concert band, made during a near-decade tenure as the musical director of the East Grinstead Concert Band, available through this website.
The time, the featured work is FINNEGAN’S WAKE. First published in new York in 1864, this is a ballad from 19th century Dublin. It tells the tale of Tim Finnegan, a hod-carrier, who was “born with the love of liquor”. Under its influence, he falls from his ladder, breaks his skull and is presumed dead. At his wake, the mourners become more and more rowdy, whiskey is spilled on Finnegan’s face and he revives, asks the mourners, “Thundering Jaysus, d’ye think I’m dead?” and joins in the “celebrations!”