novelist, children's writer, and independent publisher, born and educated in Yorkshire, and at Dudley Training College. His works include A Season in Sinji (1968, a cricket story), The Harpole Report (1972), How Steeple Sinderby Won the FA Cup (1975), The Green Children of the Woods (1976), and The Ballad of Pollock's Crossing (1985). His best‐known work is A Month in the Country (1980), a short novel set in the summer of 1920: the narrator Birkin, a war survivor, is restoring a wall painting in the village church at Oxgodby, where he meets another survivor who is camping out in the next meadow while seeking to discover a 14th‐cent. tomb.
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).