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ABOUT ME...

I'm an old guy who spent most of his working life at sea, with ten years as an airline navigator (obviously before the tom-tom came along). Originally from a sheep farm in the West Highlands of Scotland, I live mostly in London, when I can breath the air - I've damaged lungs from my time at sea as a teenage apprentice with the wonderful, philanthropic Shell Oil Tanker Company. Also I cycle most everywhere when in London, usually close behind a diesel truck -do you know that London's Oxford Street is the most contaminated on the planet (never mind Shanghai, San Paula, Calcutta or Mexico City)...

I've always dabbled in/at writing, and now, on retirement, it's my my main occupation. At the moment, I'm nearly finished proofing a diary I kept in 1991 while captain of a rig (tug & tow) hauling bad grain being dumped in Mexico by the American government - running from the Mississippi and the Houston Ship Canal down to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico where a lot of this awful grain, mostly not good enough even for cattle, ended up in the local shops...

This diary is 175,000 word tale of adventure, outrageous incompetence and bad luck which conspired to keep me on my toes, running to stand still. It's also funny..!

I've three book, the above, appropriately called, 'Down Mexico Way' - and two thrillers (co-authored by Anne Harling) based mostly in the expat community of southern Spain. They're called, Murder under the Sun (a comprehensive rewrite of an earlier thriller - The Odd Job Woman, with a different ending) and Deadly Duplicity. Their launch is going to be at Angie’s Café at the Parque Comercial, on the Mojacar beach - and later at the Chelsea Arts Club...

About my tapestry work. Twenty five years of my sea career was as a ship's pilot on the North Sea, where I spent a lot of time sitting on the bridge of container ships, tankers...whatever - waiting for something to go wrong.

To pass the time, I would stitch tapestries - it wouldn't have been very professional to read and with tapestry, I could have a look around after each stitch to see what was going on outside the bridge windows. Here are pix of a few, gave a lot of them away, but still have over thirty for the exhibition I had at the Chelsea Arts Club this Spring - including a new type done on plastic canvas, seven points to the inch with man made yarn. They can be done quite quickly with bright colours - nuffin subtle..!

Below Jewish women and children entering Auschwitz on their way to their death. The others are more or less obvious...

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ABOUT ANNE...

On graduating from university, Anne took up a career in journalism as a feature writer on woman’s magazines and went on to set up her own editorial and design agency producing publications for major international corporations. Her work has taken her all over the world, not just Europe, but to Africa, the Far East and Australia. Memorable was an award-winning book commission by the Abu Dhabi government. But as a backdrop to all this she says her proudest and most satisfying ‘career’ was mother to her daughter Emma, now a successful lawyer

She and Struan have worked on a number of projects over the years, including the latest novels, Murder under the Sun and Deadly Duplicity, which she co-authored. She was also editorial adviser on Struan’s latest work, Down Mexico Way, a 1960s diary, which chronicles his time working on the Mississippi.

Anne now divides her busy schedule between her house in France and home in Chelsea, London, editing other people’s books and currently writing her own novel… watch this space!


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