This is the first collection of short stories by M J David. Drawn from personal experience and life in general, this eclectic mix of stories are captivating and will leave the reader wanting more. Some will have you asking questions about your life and how you live. Others will leave you with a sense of hope.
Toby Freeman is a troubled man. Haunted by his own perceived failings and the growing evidence of mankind's relentless abuse and misuse of the natural environment, Toby unwittingly embarks upon a journey that will take him back and then forward in time. Finding himself bound up with the agents of change, he travels through rural backwaters, cities, natural disaster and war to witness the emergence of a radically altered, more enlightened and sustainable society in which 'leadership' by an elected political elite has been abandoned.
A Ticket to Ryde and Other Stories is a collection of four short tales set at various periods looking at different aspects of railways.
In A Ticket to Ryde – and Beyond, the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway devises an ambitious plan to build a tunnel between the island and the English mainland, achieving a link with the rest of the network. The volunteers draw inspiration from the success of the Bluebell Railway’s re-establishment of a mainline connection, but their own project will prove much more troublesome.
Bernard Georges has always been in love with islands. He has visited most of the 100-odd islands which make up the Seychelles, where he was born and still lives. A Cambridge-educated barrister, Bernard is also a member of the Seychelles Parliament. He writes extensively about his country and its history. A Time to Dance, inspired by Alain-Fournier's romantic 1913 masterpiece Le Grand Meaulnes, is his first novel. Bernard, wife Annette and their four Dalmatians live on the Seychelles' main island, Mahé, but travel widely, both in the region and elsewhere.
Following the events in Did Anyone Die? Elodea, Barnabus and Priscilla are launched on another crime trail together. Also dragged into this mystery are Barnabus' new girlfriend Angel and her musical hamster Isambard and Barnabus' smooth operating friend Walls. Elodea is in danger from an unknown assassin. Who can it be and why are they trying to kill her? Is it Ustin, back from the dead? This book is the sequel to Did Anyone Die and ties off all the trailing threads left at the end while laying down a few new ones which lead on to the next 'LIttle Wychwell Mystery'.
DS Simon Fuller and DC Lucia Rossetti of Eastbourne CID are assigned to a suspected murder case after two young boys find some human remains whilst out exploring during their school holidays in the English village of Wytchurst. The detectives had very little to do with each other before this enquiry, but their relationship evolves from their first interaction, with both revealing their own personal histories. The story is fused together by the introduction of Cass Bateman, a World War II veteran based near Wytchurst, and the Carmodys, a corrupt clan with a dark history.
After a long day of traveling, and as I neared junction 3 of the M6, I saw the words A444 Nuneaton and I knew before long I would be home. Home to me at the time was my parent's house as I was young and single and traveling the world in my quest to find myself; everyone, no matter who they are, needs somewhere to call home. For many that is no longer possible; for others they have been in more homes than you can shake a stick at. For me it was somewhere that I could be me, accepted as a son and not judged; somewhere I could lay my head and escape the world in which I lived.
Globetrotter, artist and linguist, living in the South of France in Provence, the author travelled widely during the sixties and seventies. In these diaries, recorded on a day to day basis, she shares with us her vivid impressions of the countries she visited.
Impelled by a love for ancient history and a craving for exotic places, she chose to travel alone encountering a wealth of warm welcomes wherever she went.
"The young Arab took the shotgun and opened the rear door of the van, kicking it to one side with his foot. He fired at the police car now about 20 yards behind... The first round hit the front of the car, destroying the radiator and headlamps.
Set in Australia in the first half of the 20th century and in the Mediterranean during the Second World War, About Jack Usher tells the story of a foundling born in Sydney in 1915 who becomes a soldier in the Australian army. The novel opens just before the First World War, with the rise to fortune of Ada, a cunning and opportunistic young woman of Irish convict stock on both sides of her family. Moving to Sydney and establishing herself quickly as a businesswoman, Ada marries and gains control over an orphanage.