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Ophelia and Other Stories-bookcover

By: Christopher Arthur

Ophelia and Other Stories

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These stories move about, taking some existential liberties, and include the occasional dark episode, while at the same time, they are laced with humour and the occasional lightness of touch, though they tend not to be politically correct! Above all, they set out to entertain. Living and working in Durham, their author likes to think of himself as working in the tradition of Hugh Walpole, who wrote his famous stories in the same neck of the woods.

I studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University, back in the ’60s, before doing fieldwork in Cyrenaica, when I traced the main water supply of ancient Ptolemais from its source to the city’s cisterns. I followed this up as a member of a field survey of sites in Fezzan and later I worked as a site supervisor for several seasons on a Byzantine excavation in Istanbul. I have also travelled in Central America, Peru, Turkey, North and East Africa, Iran, Eastern and Central Europe, Malaysia, Italy, France, Russia and Ukraine. In the course of a career, largely spent teaching, I have also written and produced a considerable number of plays.

My published works to date are the following:

Footnotes, The New Millennium Press 1994 (Travel pieces)

The Tulip Garden and Other Stories, Stamford House Publishing (2003)

Cappadocian Moon and Other Stories, Melrose Books (2007)

The Novgorod Master and Other Stories, Pearl Press (2010)

A Tale of Two Russians (a novel), Dynasty Press (2013)

What’s in a Name? (a novel), Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. (2017)

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