I was born December 16, 1942 at the French Hospital in Manhattan. On December 27th I moved to the Bronx where I was circumcised by Rabbi T.M. Belkin. Five years later I joined the post-war Borscht Bowl Exodus to the Promised Land in California, driving across the country with my mother and grandmother in a large black Packard. I grew up in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, attended seven different high schools, went to the University of California at Berkeley and later (1964) the London School of Economics. I taught history at the University of East Anglia, and in 1972 spent two years in Peru on a fellowship. In 1989 I sat in on a creative writing course run by Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. Although I had already published a number of academic tomes, I found writing fiction wonderfully liberating, and two years later I took early retirement to write and become more active in the disability movement. And What About Rodríguez, my first novel, was published in the Gallimard Série Noire in 1991. My second novel, Desert Blues, was published in 1994 by the Permanent Press, and my third, Castle Garden, by the same press in 1996. Another three novels are available as e-books. I am currently working on a novel, set in Norwich where I have lived since 1968, on the first Blood Libel that took place here in 1144. I am divorced, remarried, and, together with Gill, we have five children and two grandchildren.
Philip Roth, Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, Allen Ginsberg
Lora Fountain & Associates
The Permanent Press
Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People
Disabled Peoples' International
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