Born in Jersey in 1946, John Hanley represented the island in swimming and water polo. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he taught in London, Jersey and Cornwall. After taking a degree in psychology at the OU and completing a master’s in educational management at Bath University, he returned to Jersey as deputy head teacher of Hautlieu — his old school. He retired in 2006 and now lives with his wife, two daughters and two grandsons in South West Cornwall.
His first novel, Against The Tide, was published in 2012 followed in 2013 by the sequel, The Last Boat.
The inspiration for his series of novels stemmed from the ruins of the German Occupation which litter every part of the island. His mother lived through it and every adult he knew had a story to tell. Like many of his generation, he was fascinated by the war and often wondered what it would have been like if he had been nineteen in 1939 and not 1965 and off to war instead of drama school in London.
After retirement, he tried to find out and started writing his first novel drawing of his skills of teaching dramatic improvisation to establish the core characters before letting them off the leash to tell their own stories.
BOOKS BY John Hanley