Born and raised near London, I’ve lived over half my life overseas since leaving home as a teenager.
Initially a reluctant accountant, I soon moved professions and developed into being a designer and implementer of computer systems. This career took me to various countries in Europe and ten years in Hong Kong before I retired in 1999.
My wife Jo and I went to live in a 150-year-old finca in the small village of Jesus Pobre in Spain, a pueblo most Spaniards have never heard of. Soon bored of retirement we started as a hobby an internet real estate business. This was very successful but when the property recession hit Spain we looked for other interests.
Jo chose art and improving her Spanish. I decided to trace my ancestors. A surprise was in store. I’d always considered myself the traveller of the family, and certainly the first to ever live in Spain or the Far East. However, my research revealed ancestors who were in Spain two hundred years ago, and China over a hundred years before me. The Bussicott family history is a story of fighting, medals, and court-martials all over the world, and a story by itself.
After writing a couple of short stories I decided to write something longer. I researched China and Hong Kong
The editor of my first novel, The Shanghai Circle, said,
‘You have chosen a subject, a time, and a set of characters and woven a story around these factors. Is that not what Grisham does with legal stories, or Clancy with politics? And how successful are they! They are certainly not Hesse or Orwell for that matter, but they formulate an interesting book without having massive amounts of flair or talent for writing, and that’s true of the vast majority of writers, even successful ones. I am not going to say you’re the next Hemingway or anything, but you have an interesting, well developed, well written book on your hands that I found enjoyable to read. And that is what really matters.’
Encouraged by this the Chinese Circles was born.
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