Novel

 The Somerby Tree 

  'The Docs' mood changed very quickly.  "You know when I was a young lad I had a special place to go when I

   was sad." 

  "Did you?"

  "Yes.  Do you have a place?"  The Doc asked her.  Louise thought for a few seconds. 

  "I suppose I do."

  "And where's that then?"

  "I'm not telling you."  Louise sounded quite indignant.

  "I won't tell you where my place is then."

  "Oh go on.  Where do you go?"

  "I go and sit in the tree."  The Doc said it with pride as if Louise should have been impressed with what he had

   just told her.

  "The tree, Doctor?"  Louise thought it sounded a typical boy place.  "That's a daft place."

  "No really it's a place you could also go to."

  "Why would I want to go and sit in a tree?"


     An excerpt from Chapter 8 'Talking to Louise'


 Poem

 Am I lucky?

                                                                   As friends depart and rivals leave,

                                                                   The ending day is here,

                                                                   Lessons and exams no more,

                                                                   This school bell rings with cheer,

                                                                   I look back at mistakes I've made,

                                                                   Achievements, things I've won,

                                                                   But matter not, I'm leaving school,

                                                                   My learning days are done,


                                                                   I can't believe I'm really here, I can't believe it's true,

                                                                   I have to thank him up above, I guess I must be lucky.


                                                                   I join the queue and wait in line,

                                                                   With pen in hand I'm eager,

                                                                   To volunteer and join the fight,

                                                                   Though efforts seem so meagre,

                                                                   The Captain greets me by the hand,

                                                                   He'd like to tell me more,

                                                                   But we all know there is no time,

                                                                   We're off to win the war,


                                                                   I can't believe I'm really here, I can't believe it's true,
                                                                   I have to thank him up above, I guess I must be lucky.


                                                                   "It's something I just had to do!"

                                                                   Mum wants an explanation,

                                                                   You said 'A man must do what's right,

                                                                   without anticipation!',

                                                                   So don't rebuke your big brave son,

                                                                   Be proud, just let me go,

                                                                   And as a hero I'll come back,

                                                                   So soon before you know,


                                                                   I can't believe I'm really here, I can't believe it's true,
                                                                   I have to thank him up above, I guess I must be lucky.


                                                                   I never really felt like this,

                                                                   My heart is beats so fast,

                                                                   Her kiss so sweet, her laugh so cute,

                                                                   We know our love will last,

                                                                   She tells me she will always wait,

                                                                   We pledge our love tonight,

                                                                   I promise I will buy the ring,

                                                                   She promises she'll write,


                                                                   I can't believe I'm really here, I can't believe it's true,
                                                                   I have to thank him up above, I guess I must be lucky.


                                                                   As I look out and see the blue,

                                                                   There is no land for miles,

                                                                   The waves creating whitened crests,

                                                                   Enduring friendly smiles,

                                                                   For some surroundings seem so dull,

                                                                   But I just love the peace,

                                                                   The ocean takes me far away,

                                                                   My pleasures never cease,


                                                                   I can't believe I'm really here, I can't believe it's true,
                                                                   I have to thank him up above, I guess I must be lucky.


                                                                   Confusion hits me all around,

                                                                   It happened without warning,

                                                                   Torpedoed somewhere below decks,

                                                                   Just as the day was dawning,

                                                                   I swim for life, it won't last long,

                                                                   Needing someone to save me,

                                                                   Hard cold creeps up and takes its toll,

                                                                   As I sink down so deeply,


                                                                   I can't believe I'm really here, I can't believe it's true,
                                                                   I get no help from him above, I'm really not that lucky.


                                                                   I never lived a real full life,

                                                                   To Mum I'm still her child,

                                                                   I thought myself so tough and strong,

                                                                   She saw me scared and mild,

                                                                   She'll never know what could have been,

                                                                   Or what I might have done,

                                                                   As without reason, sense or pride,

                                                                   She's lost her loving son,


                                                                   I can't believe it's come to this, I can't believe it's true,
                                                                   I have to tell him up above, I don't think I'm that lucky.



    ​Poem about a young lad dying at sea during the war.



  On this page are excerpts of novels, short stories & poems which will be changed regularly.

 Novel

 We need a Revolution

 'Everyone travelling by car nowadays knew the score and all would have their papers out ready.  There would  occasionally be the need to remind someone that one of their documents would be out of date soon but    nothing more serious than that.  "Papers please!"  The soldier asked the driver of the next car.  He was polite  but forceful and left the person in no doubt what was required.  The man sat there and just looked at him.  "Papers.  Now!"  It was time to concentrate.  The Private looked quickly in the direction of one of the more  experienced soldiers, Private Kenton Bridge and he immediately tuned in to the fact that there was someone  being unhelpful.  Kenton checked there was only one person in the car so moved around to the passenger side  of the car and cocked his automatic to show support.'


      An excerpt from Chapter 1 'Early Indications'.



Author and Writer

 Short Story

 She had me fooled

 'I was doing the usual stop start drive in the early morning rush hour traffic trying to make my way into work  when thump, I felt the force of the car behind hitting me.  The next few moments I have relived many many  times as I felt the jolt move through my upper body and neck.  It took me a few seconds to realise what had  happened.  Perhaps it was shock.  I looked into my rear view mirror and saw clearly that the driver of the car  that had crashed into me was a woman.  She was blond but I don't think registered with me immediately.  I  

 was just so angry and ready to blast her with a few ill chosen words about her driving abilities.'


​    A short excerpt from the short story 'She had me fooled'.

 Novel

 I've got your number


  John was just keeping quiet whilst he prepared the coffee in a takeaway mug but shrugged his shoulders as a  way  of answering Matt's comments when the other customer spoke again.

 "You never know what's around that next corner, and I think the signs are good for you."  The Stranger smiled  briefly and looked up to the sky whilst cocking his head as if to wink at Matt.  "Someone up there is looking down on  you.  Your luck will change for the better, and probably quicker than you think."  The stranger spoke like he was one  of those religious doom-mongers but his tone also had a sense of truth about it.  He then touched his hat as if to  pardon himself before leaving.  He almost disappeared into thin air as he went nippily on his way into the crowded  pavement.  Matt's expression was quizzical as he absorbed what the stranger had said.  Certain words like 'luck' and  'change' seemed to resonate louder than others, but he quickly concluded that the stranger was talking bull.  Matt  looked at his watch.  It was already half past eight.  



   An excerpt from Chapter 2 'Looking for a job'.