About

 

Brian Crooks is the pen name of Brian Jones,  and this is my site.

I was born at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight in 1957 and stayed there until I could stand it no longer, moving to Southampton in 1979.  After a variety of jobs, I went into the law, qualifying as a Legal Executive, and eventually rising to Head of Landlord & Tenant at Shoosmiths. Most recently, I have been a consultant with Laceys Solicitors of Bournemouth.

From 2003 to 2013, I practised as a legal consultant, lecturer and writer.  I have written two non-fiction books: Right to Manage and Service Charges: The New Regime (2004) and Enforcing Covenants (2005), both published by Estates Gazette Books.  I was also the lead writer of Residential Block & Estate Management: An Introductory Open Learning Course (Asset Skills 2007 and updates).

I immensely enjoyed writing my first two books, especially the funny bits. I am now concentrating on fiction and in 2009 I finished my first novel: Flat Out.  On 31st August 2013, I closed my legal practice to devote all my waking hours (and many sleeping ones) to writing.

Meanwhile, I keep in touch by attending creative writing courses locally. I am also a member of the Society of Authors.

I am married with two grown-up children. My wife and I live on the Hampshire/Sussex border.

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