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Gordon Bennett’s special powers first manifest themselves when he is five months old. He has an alter ego / guardian angel named Zack who knows a lot (see my website for chapters exemplifying the way his powers grow in childhood). In his eleventh year he’s called to a particular holiday cottage in Cornwall, where the ghost of his sixteen greats grandmother offers him an interesting theory concerning the origin of his amazing abilities. From her he acquires Mabon’s ring, and is told how to find the Tara Torque. On his eleventh birthday, he is transported by the torque to Avalon (Tír na nÓg, the Land of the Forever Young and of the Dead. There he meets King Arthur and The Army of the Slain, and Myrddin reveals what is planned for him.
On Gordon’s first morning in secondary school, he meets a girl with powers similar to his own. Together they travel to The forest of Arden, where they witness the renewal of their fairy majesties Oberon and Titania. There they first encounter Groc the Knocker - a fairy with extreme right-wing views. Soon after that, Gordon's parents discover just how amazing their son really is.
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Once upon a time –a long time ago – I was born in Bootle (Liverpool 20) in the UK. There was a war on. Later, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis but instead was plunged into the maelstrom of inner city education. In the 1970s I wrote some stories for children to see if I could, and Penguin published them. I thought I would write something really good when I retired from teaching…
After fourteen years of headship in Hackney I came back up north in 1993 and met my wonderful wife Amy. We looked after my increasingly ill parents full-time until they didn’t need us to do it anymore, by which time the first of our two daughters was ready to go off to University and on to the first rung of the housing ladder. We did the sums and I went back to teaching…
In 2008 Amy and I set off for a life by the western shores of the Caribbean. It was only after I survived a murder attempt by three local thugs in November 2010 (skull crushed in two places, seventeen stitches in head wounds) that I realised how easy it is to die without accomplishing a cherished ambition.
So we came back to the UK and I set to work on “Myrddin’s Heir”: the epic story I will leave behind. It took three years to write the first four books - now in the Kindle Store at 99p each. Self-publishing means self-marketing, so here I am. Book 5 was published in April 2014 for the same price…
This is a story for bright children from 10–110 years of age. It’s longer than The L of the R, longer even than HP &… To finish it I need to live another 15 years. I’d like to finish it, because I know how it ends.