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I write under the pen-name of Michael Carson. Although I have written stories most of my life - and told a few tall ones as well - I did not get published until I had worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign language for almost two decades. I taught in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Sumatra, The Bahamas, Nigeria and Borneo.
Short stories broadcast on BBC radio gave me my start. I still much prefer to listen rather than read. I have had fifty stories broadcast on radio four. My novels, (published by Gollancz, Doubleday, and Poolbeg) are:
Sucking Sherbet Lemons
Friends and Infidels
Coming Up Roses
Stripping Penguins Bare
Yanking Up The Yoyo
The Knight of the Flaming Heart
Dying In Style
Serving Suggestions (A collection of short stories)
Towards the end of the last century, I wrote a weekly column for a Catholic paper called, appropriately enough, A Sinner's Murmurings. I was fired for heresy.
Picture: © Nicky Johnston
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