Following the separation of his parents he lived with his Mother and Sister in Oare House with Molly and Nigel Worthington (sort of adopted aunt and uncle, great characters) in the Lorna Doone Valley a most lovely place that must have kicked off his love of Somerset and then Devon.
He attended Ravenswood Preparatory School where he seemed happy. When his mother remarried Eric Reynolds, he lived on a Dartmoor Farm, near Chagford. Much of his holidays were spent on horseback in a dripping wet riding coat!
At he age of 13 he had a year at Kings College Taunton, but asked to be taken away, as he was uncomfortable with the other boys having wealthy parents. His life up to this point had been simple with the emphasis on a healthy outdoor life with many luxuries. Certainly his mother and step father were not very well off During this period he did not see his father, Jeremy who was living in America and not much help arrived from that quarter either.
He joined his sister at QES Comprehensive in Crediton where he developed a love of writing and drama. Indeed by 1976, he knew he wanted to write and did any job that allowed him to do so. Groom, Waiter, Messenger, Vehicle repairs, Building Sites but he fitted in travel to France, Italy, Switzerland and South America too.
In 1979 he went to Middlesex Polytechnic (Humanities) achieving a degree in English Drama, Art History and Philosophy. He lived variously in Tottenham, in a converted British Rail truck and in Muswell Hill.