John Ironmonger

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I'm the author of 'Not Forgetting the Whale', 'The Coincidence Authority,' ('Coincidence' in the USA), and 'The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder.' Here are some things about me:
1) I'm a Cornishman who was born in Kenya, schooled in Kent, studied in Nottingham and Liverpool, and worked in Nigeria, Slough, Manchester, Edinburgh, Warrington, Warwick and Glasgow. Now I live in Parkgate on the Wirral peninsula overlooking the RSPB marshes.
2) I once wrote a book on British Zoos.
3) My lovely wife Sue and I are possibly the only non Indonesians ever to have seen a Javan rhino and her calf. True. You can read about it on my blog at http://notablebrain.blogspot.co.uk/20...
4) I once drove across the Sahara Desert in a £100 banger. You can find the
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John Ironmonger Ouch - maybe I'd be better off saying I don't have a county attachment - because I was born in Kenya and didn't come to live in Cornwall until I was…moreOuch - maybe I'd be better off saying I don't have a county attachment - because I was born in Kenya and didn't come to live in Cornwall until I was seventeen. But my mother was from Cornwall - she grew up in Mevagissey - and whenever we came to the UK for holidays we'd stay with the family in Cornwall. So it felt like my home county. I even went to school for a while at the Lawn School in St Austell, and my mother kept a house in Carlyon Bay where we'd often live on visits to England. And because I came to school in England I would spend half terms and my Easter holiday with family in Cornwall. So in the absence of any other county affiliation from childhood, I have always thought of myself as Cornish. Just like you, living in Shropshire hasn't made me a Salopian. That's the story. (less)
John Ironmonger I'm halfway through a novel called 'Super Recogniser.' I really don't want to say too much about it at this stage, but I can reveal that it loosely…moreI'm halfway through a novel called 'Super Recogniser.' I really don't want to say too much about it at this stage, but I can reveal that it loosely tells the life story of Susan Calendar (who appears briefly in The Coincidence Authority). Susan is the eponymous super recogniser, one of those very rare gifted people who never forget a face. Is that enough for now?(less)
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Glastonbarby ... and the significance of sixty

Perhaps I shouldn't admit to this. Maybe I should post a youthful photo and pretend to be thirty five. Oh dear. This is harder than I thought it would be. 
Deep breath.
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... in four days time I shall be sixty. 
Ouch!
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“No one can tell you for certain if we have free will or we don't. [...] Whatever you choose to believe, you will probably want to agree with the philosopher John Locke, who argued that the whole debate is largely irrelevant. If it feels to us like free will, then let's treat it as free will and get on with our lives.”
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message 2: by Melissa (last edited Feb 28, 2014 09:04AM)

Melissa Ousley Thanks for the book recommendation! I look forward to reading Life After Life.


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