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John Pudney was a prolific writer - of childrens' books, poetry and adult fiction. One of his more famous children's novels were the 'Fred & I' series and these were also serialised on the old BBC Home service (now radio 4).

John went to Prep school in Kent, then to Gresham's school, Holt in Norfolk - less than 10 miles from where we are currently based. During the war he served with the RAF, during which time he went to 40 different countries.  He has lived in the Westerham Valley and it is in this district that he imagines Fort X - where Uncle George works at the secret research which is the background to his adventure series.

John Pudney's Fred & I adventures grew from his personal experiences. The idea for Monday Adventure came from a trip in a cabin cruiser on the Thames, whilst that for Tuesday adventure was the result of an exciting trip to Norway.  Likewise the background for Wednesday adventure was due to a holiday spent in Malta. Using his travels gives the books an authentic feel, maybe in part accounting for their popularity.

 

 



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