Introducing a crusty old codger with a twisted sense of humour, as displayed in the twenty-odd books written by him, some for children; also hysterically historical tales, others spooky, a few of them gruesome, but usually offbeat. He is a fit eighty-three-year-old, with a beautiful wife whose name is Pet, four adult children, twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Not forgetting his sister Pam and her family. Then there's Pet's brother, Tony, his wife Carol and their large family. He loves sports and has played cricket, rugby, tennis, football, squash, golf, table-tennis, is keen on fishing and did car-rallying for many years. But now he's getting too stiff to tie his shoelaces and finds pleasure in pounding the story-telling keyboard.