An unreliable personal myth intersected with real dates in history
Born in 1962, less than two hours pony ride from the home of the pork pie
Age 1-7 Raised in an unheated house on 150 acres of East Midlands clay
Age 7-13 Banished to a boarding school in Northamptonshire
Age 13-18 Relocated to similar in Shakespeare’s own county
1981-4 The student. Off to Devon on the pretext of Geography. More time spent gaining intimacy with local geography than that of books or lectures.
1984-94 The romantic years. Travelled a bit, drove a taxi, installed double-glazing, scampered on the rocks, wandered the countryside with a camera in hand, attempted to self-educate but became preoccupied with Sigmund Freud and when things got really intense caught a nasty dose of SD (‘Shakespeare doubt’). Wrote the great Freud novel. Had the great Freud novel rejected by some of the finest publishing houses in the realm.