It is 1964 and at the age of eleven, The Spotter finds himself in a school he doesn’t like and a target for bullying. He doesn’t like sport and he doesn’t fit in - plus his hair is too long!
He lives for the weekends and his one escape – trainspotting – riding the rails behind the steam locomotives that are now in their final years of operation, and that will soon be sent to the scrap yards.
He gains strength and confidence from his pastime, as he confronts those who would otherwise seek to crush him – and in so doing, he also realises that there may be something else worth living for after all the steam engines are gone.
If you are of a certain age, you will find that this short story is full of those little details you may possibly remember for your own childhood!
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About the Author
Your Author is a sixty-something Englishman, who lives in West Wales. I pride himself on being ‘out of time’ but very much ‘in the right place’. I am also very pleased to be one of the few people left in Britain without a mobile phone! My publicity agent has posted a not so recent picture of the myself. He has advised that anything more current would be too horrific to publish. Splitting Rainbows, book one in the 'A West Wales Odyssey' series, was my first novel but by no means my first literary effort! These started a long, long time ago – writing poems and long letters to young women, where I did, in fact, achieve a surprising degree of success! Are all women poets? Probably not – but some definitely are! The second book in the series, Broken Crockery, which revolves around the dinner party from hell, and the consequences that flow from it, followed very quickly, as parts of it were written concurrently with Splitting Rainbows. I have now added book three in the series, Sophie - A Death and A Life. A love story with some hate, abuse and police brutality thrown in for good measure! Sophie is certainly the nicest character I have so far created - and my favourite! Currently, I am working on the final book in this series, The Soul Farmer. This will pull together all of the darker undercurrents that have been running through the first three books. A friend who has read draft sections of it has said that it parachutes 'Twin Peaks' into West Wales. As an absolute devotee of all things 'Twin Peaks' and the genius that is David Lynch, I do take that as a compliment! Publication date for The Soul Farmer should be late in 2017, though down here in West Wales we don’t do deadlines! In the meantime, I've added two new short stories - First up is The Spotter. This is a little story of childhood and trains, and it will surely have resonance for those of you of a certain age and inclination! Then there is Sara and Daddy! This one is a dark little story indeed, but with romance, and some humour thrown in, just to lighten things. A salutory yarn - this one perhaps involves some inclinations that you might not want to have personally! And you thought trainspotting was something to be ashamed of? Tut tut. My time here is divided between running a business, dreaming, writing, dreaming, listening to music, dreaming and dog walking – the latter giving me plenty of time to think despairing thoughts about the current state of the planet. I do cheer up on occasion though, mainly when listening to Leonard Cohen! Oh, and jazz.