My writing, my family history, and the Forest Of Dean.

The photo below is of Hope Mansell, taken on a frosty winter morning. It’s about a mile from where I live.

Nick Duberley

Bibliophile, writer, gardener, bridge player and generally nice person.

For as far back as I can remember, I have loved books. Mostly I have bought and read old books. Not that I have any objection to new books per se. In part, it’s because I am lazy and time has done the work of winnowing the chaff of the uninteresting or untrue from the best grain. As an example of this, Shakespeare’s writing has stood the test of time for various good reasons.

Also, second-hand books are generally cheaper than new ones. I was brought up to be careful with money, and that habit stuck.

I am adding some local history information to this site, starting with downloadable copies of my mother, Gladys Duberley’s memoirs. You can access this area via the menu at the top of this page, or the link above.

The files are Heaven Lies About Us parts 1, 2 and 3

My John & Andy series of fantasy adventures

John, a young English boy, and his alien brain-mate Andy deal with the many problems life throws at them.

I had no plan to write for publication, but with time on my hands due to Covid in the Spring of 2020 I started writing about John, a 10-year-boy, who has an alien AI arrive to share his brain. The John & Andy series is the story of John’s life and adventures, aided by his alien brain-mate, who he calls Andy.

In December 2021 I decided to prepare these stories for self-publication, starting with Book 1 An Ancient Arrival.

I hope people enjoy reading about what John does after Andy joins him. If so, it will be lovely to feel I have paid a little of my debt of enjoyment of past writers forward to future readers.

Buying e-books or paperbacks

I’ve not used Google Books before, but I added Becoming Felicity to it since Amazon did not want to list this book. Click the button, and then Cancel to access the Free Sample, aka Look Inside.

What a blessing it is to love books as I love them; - to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal! --- Thomas Babington Macaulay

Client Testimonials

"What an amazing writer - I wish I was that talented!"
Mr N Duberley
"I just couldn't believe it when I read these books. They seemed like complete fantasy to me."
Lost the plot
“A multitalented man, and a charismatic personality - what's not to like?.”
Anonymous, Rose Cottage

Happy to hear any thoughts

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