Ray Burston was born in 1961 and lives in the English Midlands. He has so far published nine novels.
'ANGELS UNAWARES' is the story of how a well-meaning recluse wins a huge lottery prize and, through misplaced altruism, ends up with becoming roped into a violent terrorist plot.
'OPERATION SPREAD EAGLE' follows the eventful story of an aid convoy put together by humble British volunteers to repair and re-equip a maternity hospital in impoverished southern Albania, and is based on his own experiences as a member of an aid mission to eastern Europe in 1993.
Shadowing his own experiences as a local politician for twenty-two years, 'THE MAKING OF THE MEMBER' follows the eventful careers of two ambitious parliamentary candidates set against the backdrop of the turbulent world of British local government during the 1980s. The sequel - 'THE MAKING OF THE MINISTER' - follows them into parliament and takes the story up to 2010. A final book in the trilogy is planned for after the next General Election!
'ACT OF ATONEMENT' is a study of friendship strained by the cruelties and vicissitudes of the bitter war in French Algeria. Meanwhile, 'THE SOUGHING OF THE WIND' chronicles the final fateful voyage of Admiral Graf von Spee's German cruiser squadron at the outset of the First World War (and is based around a true account).
'TO REACH FOR THE STARS' recounts the adventures of a young woman who breaks out of a claustrophic home environment by enlisting in Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force, and is based around the story of his own late mother's wartime service with RAF Bomber Command.
'THE BLACK COUNTRY GIGOLO' is a gripping psychological thriller about a tall, strikingly handsome young man who will captivates three very different women before confronting them with a truly shocking event from the past (and who, for one of them, will come to personify every women's nightmare).
Set on the Isle of Wight during Britain's memorable long, hot summer of 1976, THE SUMMER OF '76 is a tale of two young people from different sides of a big, wide ocean stumbling upon adventure and romance - as well as together uncovering dark secrets about their families' pasts.
Ray's latest novel - THE SNAKEMAN OF SNEYD END - is a thriller set in his native Black Country, and charts the mysterious disappearance of several young people that takes place against the backdrop of the controversial closure of their town's railway during the 1960s.
Ray's reasons for becoming involved in creative writing are many, but one is that he has always been fascinated by history - and in particular by how ordinary people can be caught up in the sweep of historical happenstance. Even though their names may never be recorded for posterity, the story of mankind has so often impinged on the deeds of such ordinary people, whose lives have been transformed by the flow of events. Indeed, all his novels echo this theme of ordinary people shaping larger events.
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