John Samson


Inspired by 3AM

Inspired by 3AM

Whilst reading 3AM edited by Angela Kingston, the following came to mind:

Discovering that white nights (nuit blanche) refers to a night without sleep, I immediately thought of White Nights (the 1985 movie but I see there are others)

Dressing up: Leslie Tate’s Heaven’s Rage
Night cleanses day: John Samson’s Reading Lady Chatterley in Africa and Powerless



A Sudan trip

Sudan – a place that is often in the news for the wrong reasons; a territory ravaged by conflict for over a century. As with many places where there’s conflict, there’s often incredible creativity.

It inspired this song by Jenny and Rosanna Delenta, sisters born in Sudan but who grew up in South Africa. The author of the piece is TSL author John Samson

And is the inspiration behind Amna Agib’s two collections of short stories: The Roots that Gave Birth to Magical Blossoms, and The Glowing Blossoms that Kept the Roots Alive.

While not dealing directly with Sudan, William Endley‘s book on the Union Defence Force in World War 1 was written whilst he was employed in Sudan.

TSL director Anne Samson has touched on Sudan in her biography of Kitchener: The man not the myth published by Helion.


Priests and Religious men

Priests and Religious men

Religion in the UK is apparently on the decline yet it features in a few novels – in fact a surprising number.
For example in novels authored by TSL writers, we have:

Most well-known in British literature:
Father Brown by GK Chesterton
and the Irish-based sitcom Father Ted
The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough
all of which
feature Roman Catholic priests.

Some factual church histories include:



Austin Motor Cars and Others

An Austin features in both Michael’s Magic Motor Car by Ray Wooster and Leslie Tate’s Heaven’s Rage. I’m not one to know much about cars but given that the Austin has featured in two of our books, it seemed an appropriate theme to explore – well, that of cars featuring in novels.

At the time of writing this piece, I was proofreading the novel, The Duelling Worlds by Sam Riverbanks when the eye just happened to fall on the sentence ‘A Vauxhall Astra, not the swanky BMWs and Range Rovers that some London councils thought fit to provide their police teams.’ Thinking about cars in books, there are a few no-name brands in Broken Ties of Time by Josie Arden. Broken Ties of Time also includes a daimler, ‘red Triumph Herald Estate’ and ‘A left-hand-drive daffodil yellow Lamborghini’, registration number ‘1LL WIN’. Another book which features a range of cars, including a yellow sports car, is Anna Ryland’s A Second Chance.

Moving to our books on African themes and the means of transport differs to those used in England. John Samson’s Shaka are Dead has the two young boys hitching a ride in a ‘bakkie’ (open backed mini-truck and a hiace taxi whilst Maya Alexandri’s female heroines in The Celebration Husband make use of an ox-waggon – not quite a motorised vehicle.

Building cars features in non-TSL children’s book The Car by Gary Paulsen.

In amongst all the books on Austin cars specifically, this one caught my eye.
Austin Pedal Cars by David Whyley

Finally, Rodney the Chimney Sweep had to feature only because there’s a car (okay, a van) on the cover. Does that mean Six for the Road and Bus Stop Blues are applicable too?

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John Samson

About John Samson

Having had friends and others comment favourably on his writing but not being able to find an agent, John looked to self-publish. Cold Fiction was the outcome. Having discovered TSL Pub, he is in the process of moving his self-published novels to us. Shaka are Dead was his first novel published by TSL. Powerless was his first written novel and is the second to be published. Reading Lady Chatterley in Africa is John’s third novel, was followed by A Donkey Called Oddsock and now The Fall of the Romance Empire.
John also writes under the name RJ Whitfield.

John’s writing draws on his South African upbringing, exploring themes around reconciliation between different groups of people and circumstances. He enjoys travelling to unusual destinations.
He has been writing since about 2005 and has been an active member of the Harrow Writers’ Circle since 2006.
Apart from writing, his other main love is music charts.

Books by John