David started his writing career reviewing bands for Focus News Group and Brum Beat – one of his early articles on Ocean Colour Scene appeared in NME. He went on to work as a radio presenter and producer for several satellite sustaining services providing programming for Europe, Africa and Central America writing a lot of original drama and comedy along the way. In 1989 David led an aid expedition to Romania and chipped a few pieces off the crumbling Berlin wall on his way home. He went on to set up an award winning emergency supplies business with his wife, Debi and lives and works in Stourbridge in the West Midlands. David’s debut novel TORN won the Lancashire book of the year in 2012 and has been voted one of the most important books in the USA by social educators.
Afghanistan. In the heat and dust, young British army medic Elinor Nielson watches an Afghan girl walk into a hail of bullets. But when she runs to help, Ellie finds her gone. Who is she? And what’s happened to her? What Ellie discovers makes her question everything she believes in – even her feelings for the American lieutenant who takes her side.
A young crew of five are toughing it out together, sailing around the world on a gruelling charity challenge. They are used to being pushed to the limit, but nothing could have prepared them for being kidnapped. When they are taken hostage by a notorious warlord and his band of child soldiers, the trip of a lifetime turns into a oneway journey into the heart of the African jungle. When hope is all you have, survival is all you can fight for.
A great course. Well delivered. Lots of very pertinent stuff to take away and think about. It helped very much to focus my thoughts and to pinpoint areas to try and improve.- David Massey