After trying his hand at careers as a geography teacher, van driver, economist and 'usability engineer' (and even now he's not sure what that was), he finally found that a knack for telling a good tale combined well with an urge to travel and embarked on a writing career at the age of 49. Better late than never.
His best-seller is 'From the Mull to the Cape' (2008), which has sold 6,000 copies.
Richard's latest big travel project was 'Nothing Between Here and the Urals' (2014), a quest to discover whether his father was right in that claim, made on a Leicestershire hilltop in the 1960s. His quest took in East Anglia, Holland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and finally Russia. To find out whether he found a higher hill on that latitude, you'll have to read the book.
Three other recent publications are:
> 'Old Geezer's Dictionary of Irritants', a remarkable tour-de-force, defining over 800 annoying aspects of today's Britain, a second edition of which was published in 2015.
> 'Murder in Minsk' (2015), Richard's first novel, written under the pseudonym George Quin, which has generated the following five-star review on Amazon: "Lots of twists and turns. Really good, exciting read."
> 'Life in the Old Dogs Yet' (2016), a short tale of a short amble in Ireland with three mates. "I laughed till I stopped," said one reader.
Richard's current project is rumoured to be an unusual tour of France.