This is the publisher’s blurb:
Reinhard studied English, Politics and Economics at Cologne university. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and taught at the universities of Cologne, Bristol, Palmerston North (NZ), Middlesex and Cambridge before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office where he spent the latter half of his career, managing and conducting pre-posting training for diplomats. He is the author of BBC’s multi-media TV course Deutsch Plus and of BBC’s German Grammar. Other non-fiction books include a bi-lingual business dictionary (Langenscheidt publisher) and a book on Intercultural Perspectives.
He now writes full-time. His debut novel, Taking Time Out was published in November 2015. Here is a brief extract from the book. He also writes short stories and poetry, and has published a short poetry anthology entitled Poetry Soup (2018). He has just completed his second novel, My Parents Dark Room – Developing the Past.
A few words from the author:
Let me tell you a few things about myself. Not too much, but just enough. I was lucky that I grew up in post-war Germany, at a time when food rationing had ended a while ago and the so-called economic miracle was about to start. There was usually just about enough food on the table for a big family – five kids, a grandmother, parents, a nanny and a sausage dog.
I love travelling. From the age of 15, I travelled all over Europe. It’s amazing what a welcome one receives when trying to speak other people’s languages, even at a basic level! As an adult I travelled further afield, feared for my life in taxi rides in Cairo, enjoyed hot food on the klongs of Bangkok and got lost in Fiordland’s forest in NZ.
Before I began my ‘serious life’ as an academic in England, I worked as a postman, drove a forklift truck in a factory and a seven ton lorry (which scared the life out of me). I’m a naturalised Brit and have signed the Official Secrets Act (am I allowed to say that?) Therefore you must never believe anything you read on this website. BTW I’m always reprimanded for not following instructions!
I agree with John Le Carré that ‘a good writer is an expert on nothing except himself. And on that subject, if he is wise, he holds his tongue.’
P.S. My favourite quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: ‘Without music, life would be a mistake.’ I love baroque music and play the classical guitar.