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Tony Ryan is bemused.

He thought he understood the way the world worked, but now, as a sacrificial lamb of the credit crunch he finds himself drifting... drifting into the clutches of the ever resourceful Pete who could find the angle in a Fairy Liquid bubble... and into the arms of the enigmatic hippy girl, Astrid, who’s about to introduce Tony to rabbits, magic caves and the joys of mushrooms.
eBook of the Month Club describes ‘The Return of the Hippy’ as “The funniest and most heart warming novel of the year.
Funniest book of the year. Laugh out loud funny
--Book Reviewer.com
Charles Tremayne is a spy out of his time.
After a long career spent rescuing prisoners from the KGB or helping defectors across the Berlin Wall the world has changed. The Wall has gone and no longer is there a need for a Russian speaking, ice-cold killer. The bad guys now all speak Arabic and state secrets are transmitted via satellite using blowfish algorithms impenetrable to anybody over the age of twelve.
Counting down the days to his retirement by babysitting drunken visiting politicos, he is seconded by MI6 for one last case. £250,000,000 of government money destined as a payoff for the dictator of a strategic African nation goes missing on its way to a remote Cornish airfield.
Tremayne is dispatched to retrieve the money and nothing is going to stand in his way. Armed with an IQ of 165 and a bewildering array of weaponry and gadgets, he is not about to be outmanoeuvred by the inhabitants of a small Cornish fishing village. Or is he?
Tinker's Cottage nestles in a forgotten corner of deepest Somerset.
It also happens to sit on a weak point in the space time continuum. Which is somewhat unfortunate for Ian Faulkener, a graphic novelist from London, who was hoping for some peace and quiet in which to recuperate following a very messy breakdown.
It was the cats that first alerted Ian to the fact that something was not quite right with Tinker's Cottage. Not only was he never sure just how many of them there actually were, but the mysterious way they seemed to disappear and reappear defied logic. The cats, and of course the Pope, disappearing literary agents, mislaid handymen and the insanity of Cherie Blair World.
As Ian tries to untangle the mystery of the doors of Tinker's cottage he risks becoming lost forever in the myriad alternate universes predicted by Schrodinger. Not to mention his cats.
“...And there will be a corner of some foreign field that will be forever England.”
Only these days it’s more likely to be a half finished villa overlooking a championship golf course somewhere on one of The Costas.
Following an unfortunate encounter with Spanish gin measures and an enthusiastic estate agent, retired special effects engineer Terry England is the proud owner of a nearly completed villa in a new urbanisation in Southern Spain.
Not quite how he’d intended to spend his enforced early retirement Terry nevertheless tries to make the best of his new life. If only the local council can work out which house he’s actually bought and the leaf blowers would please stop.
"Reading David Luddington is like reading your favourite sitcom.” – Nigel Planer

Retired stage magician turned professional mystic debunker, John Barker, finds his sceptical beliefs under fire when he encounters a strange man who claims to be Merlin. After several unsuccessful attempts to rid himself of his increasingly unpredictable companion, John finally relents and agrees to assist in the man’s crazy mission, to find the true grave of the mythical King Arthur.
Following a hidden code contained within the text of a soft porn novel, they gather a growing entourage of hippies, mystic seekers and alien hunters as they leave a trail of chaos across the south west of England.
When ex-SAS soldier, Michael Purdy, comes in front of the judge for hacking the bank account belonging to the Minister for Invalidity Benefits and wiping out his personal wealth, he braces himself for a prison sentence.
What Michael doesn’t expect, is to be put in charge of a group of offenders and sent to a remote location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain to teach them survival skills as part of their rehabilitation programme.
But Michael knows nothing at all about survival skills. He was sort of in the SAS, yes, but his shining record on the “Escape and Evasion” courses was more a testament to his computer skills than his ability to catch wildlife and barbecue it over an impromptu fire. Basically, he was the SAS’s techy nerd and only achieved that position as a result of a bet with a fellow hacker.
When Shadeys Bank loses yet another C.E.O. to a major scandal, they are desperate to show they’ve reformed. Who better to present their redemption to the world than a country vicar with a reputation for being annoyingly good?
Meanwhile, Reverend Tom Goodman is ousted from his job as a country vicar for allowing a homeless family to stay in the church hall.
It seems like the perfect match and Goodman is hastily appointed as the bank’s new C.E.O. All they have to do now, is promote him as the new face of Shadeys Bank whilst at the same time, keeping him away from the day-to-day business of dubious banking.
However, Tom Goodman has other ideas. And so begins an epic battle of wills. The might of a multi-billion pound bank versus a seemingly naïve country vicar.

No contest.
Rose Well Holiday Park needs a hero.
This once shining icon of the Great British Holiday Camp is dying, and the last residents are more interested in preparing for a zombie apocalypse or fighting off imaginary UFOs than playing Crazy Golf or Bingo.
And then there’s the bomb...
What Rose Well Park could probably do without, is a hero whose belief in a better tomorrow far outweighs any of his past achievements. But William Fox is all they have.
Armed with nothing more than an undying sense of optimism and a box of books about alien conspiracies, he slowly draws up his plans to make Rose Well Park famous.
“Dad’s Army meets X-Files”
Ageing Rock God, Jim Sullivan, is heading for the quiet life on his newly acquired, tiny island, off the coast of Cornwall.
That is until he sends a letter to King Charles, announcing his intent to declare independence from the UK and appointing himself king.
Determined not to cede one inch of British territory, the UK government despatches low-level Foreign Office researcher, John Cabot, to put a stop to Sullivan’s ambitions.
What they didn’t anticipate was Cabot’s tenacity for unearthing information they’d rather he didn’t, or Sullivan’s relentless, but completely unfounded, optimism in his own ideas.

Armed with nothing more than a guitar and a spreadsheet, can these two stand up to the might of the British Empire?

No contest.
When the Little Didney Animal Rescue Centre is threatened with closure, the fate of the animals rests entirely on a quiz team from the local pub. The Farmhouse Five, the collective leftovers rejected by the other teams.
Can these five quiz team refugees beat 2,000 other teams in a massive quiz chase across the South West of England?
While the Farmhouse Five race against the clock to solve the clues, time is also running out for the animals.
Can a ragtag team of misfits really take on some of the best quiz brains in the country?
Can they manage to keep all of their teammates out of trouble long enough to complete the challenge at all?
And can you solve the enigmatic entry clue?
Where will your story take you?

The Storyman sits patiently in Friedman Square, under the statue of Economist, Adam Smith. He watches the people as they scurry between the grand buildings in this financial centre in the heart of the City of London.

Sometimes, people stop and share stories with him.

Here are a few.

The Storyman is a collection of beginnings. Tales of change and chance. These tales are prequels to some of my books, they act as an introduction to my writing if you've never read any of my books, or as back story to some of my most popular characters if you are a fan.