Close Encounters of the Rustic Kind: Retrospective Rural Recollections

About The Author

Born at the beginning of the 1950s, the author grew up in the village of Iver on the south Buckinghamshire/Middlesex border near to London, England.

While still in his teens, he moved to the rugged north Devon coastline where he found employment on a farm amongst a rural community little changed since before World War Two.

Immersed in his agricultural life on the fringes of Exmoor, learning on the job became a necessary day to day requirement in an unrelenting and unforgiving workplace but these formative years shaped his philosophy for the decades to come.

Later in life, and until his ‘retirement’, he taught at a Further Education college in Barnstaple.

He has also had humorous articles relating to rural life published in UK magazines, more notably, The Countryman.

He now lives in south-west France and still has several acres of land and a few old tractors to keep him occupied. If he’s at a loose end, he indulges in a touch of writing.

He is married, with three daughters, two of whom still live in north Devon.

Author’s interview

Question 1: Pitch your books to use  (maximum of 100 words). 

Close Encounters of the Rustic Kind: Retrospective Rural Recollections”, Often hilarious, always stoical and charming, captivating recollections take you back to a wild Devon countryside of fifty years ago. Rustic characters from a lost world spring from the pages to delight with their eccentricity and enigmatic philosophies. 

Question 2: What inspired you to write your book? 

The rural way of life in the Devon countryside has changed so much in the past five decades, I wanted a written record of my experiences from that era to be preserved   for modern and future generations who do not – or will not – know about it.

Question 3: Who is your book for? 

The true stories in this whimsical and humorous book will enthral town and country dweller alike, shining a light on country living five decades ago when the world was perhaps just a little less complicated.

Question 4: What do you hope the book will achieve? 

A light enjoyable read with, hopefully, plenty of amusing stories to entertain the reader.

Question 5: Where can potential readers buy or download your book?

Question 6: Are you a first time author or have you written other books you want to tell us about? 

 This is my first published book although I have had articles printed in magazines.

Question 7: Who is/are your favourite authors of all time?

My favourite authors are:

1. Jane Austen. All of her works are remarkable; I probably like Mansfield Park the best.

2. Patrick O’Brien. His historical novels about the Royal Navy in Nelson’s time are gripping to read and full of accurate detail. (Although they are fiction, they are nevertheless largely based on the exploits of Lord Cochrane at the beginning of the 19th century).

Question 8: Writing a book is a significant achievement. Do you have any tips for people who may want to write a book?

Whether writing fiction or nonfiction, stick to things that you know about.

Knowledge of your subject quickly creates credibility with your readers.

Do not make your chapters too long – this often encourages the reader to go on to the next one – and then the next…

Don’t edit your writing until you’ve written down everything you wanted to write  down in any one session – go back and edit afterwards. 

Question 9: Are you working on another project people should look out for in the future?  

I am working on a sequel to Close Encounters of the Rustic Kind – more retrospective rural recollections. I also have a science fiction manuscript in the pipeline. 

Question 10: How can a fan of your work connect with you? 

My Facebook author page at:


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