Born in 1942 in London, I now live in Hull and I’m a proofreader for Penguin Books and Amnesty International. In 2010 I got a PhD from Hull University on the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK and France. I am a socialist and I have been a trade unionist since I started work at 15, and a union rep several times in London, and once in Paris, where I lived for 5 years in the 1990s.
My PhD thesis is published as a Kindle book on Amazon: Dealt with on their merits? The treatment of asylum seekers in the UK and France.
I read a lot: Henning Mankel, Simenon’s Maigret novels, Ian Rankin, John Le Carré, Iain Banks and Stephen King. and I confess to an addiction to Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet. I keep going back, slightly obsessively, to Sartre. I read the poetry of Shelley, Auden, Dylan Thomas and, when I’m feeling linguistically brave enough, Baudelaire and Rimbaud. I like TV series like Waking the Dead and Spiral (Engrenages). I like a number of French singers (Renaud, Thiéfaine, etc.). I listen to classical music, as well as Rufus Wainwright, Badly Drawn Boy and, from another era, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Tom Robinson.
On the following pages, you will find a number of blogs (a growing number I hope). You will also find my American Diary, written during my month-long visit there in May 2012.