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About Stephen Begg
“How do we know where we are going, if we do not know
where we have come from?”
Stephen Begg is fifty-one and lives near Epping in Essex.
He was brought up on a council estate in the leafy London suburb of Putney. A product of a 1970’s Comprehensive school education, Wandsworth School, a mammoth 1800 strong streamed boys school where he attained a smattering of average ‘O’ Levels and as a necessity became well practiced in the art of hand to hand combat. Although just pleased to have survived the required formal state education, Stephen has maintained a lifelong passion for reading.
“I’d badger my Mum to take me to the mobile library every week,” he recalls. “I’d race through Bobby Brewster, The Famous Five, The Lone Pine Series and The Three Investigators, always hungry for more.”
Stephen found work in thriving 80’s London, and despite the hustle and bustle of city life, he would often escape to The Barbican Library, always a happy sanctuary. He read extensively, from Joseph Heller to Thomas Hardy, Thomas Keneally to Wilkie Collins, eventually coming across Josephine Tey’s ‘The Daughter of Time.’ and Stephen’s passion for English History was born. It was the beginning of many years poking through ominous fat hardbacks, volumes of unfathomable textbooks, hours of study that eventually led to a trip to York Minster where the seeds of Becket and his travels were conceived.
“Sitting in front of the Quire Screen, seeing the statues for the first time, it wasn’t hard to be transported into an age of yesteryear. I knew then I would one day write a time-slip novel.”
Stephen has three teenage daughters and was always keen for his girls to embrace their studies. It was his involvement in their education that finally coerced him to put pen to paper.
“Struggling to help with their homework, Maths, Physics and French always a mystery, I awaited my moment of triumph with the relish of a cocky dad –History! But I was appalled to find that the curriculum had barely changed since my day, mostly Twentieth Century stuff. Where were the tales of iconic heroes such as Henry V and Agincourt, Edward III and Crecy, The War of the Roses and The Civil War?”
Wanting his daughters and their peers to have the opportunity to explore their distant past, their origins, understand their history, Stephen conceived Becket and his trials. After all, Stephen maintains,
“How do we know where we are going, if we do not know where we have come from?”
After a long business career, Stephen recently retired and begun to indulge his lifelong passion for history and writing, culminating in his first novel, Becket Bramble and The Princes in the Tower. Becket his schoolboy time-travelling hero, propelled back in time to solve mysteries of the past.
The second book in the series, Becket Bramble and The Mary Rose was published just before Christmas. Both books are fast-paced, nail-biting romps through medieval England bringing the people of the past to life. The books are aimed at the 9-13yrs age group, are well researched and educative – a chance to learn and at the same time revel in the adventures of yesteryear.
The third novel in the series, Becket Bramble and The Gunpowder Plot will be available late summer 2018.