D L Hooker

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D L Hooker

Dave Hooker grew up in north Kent and felt his first empathy for the natural world when bulldozers destroyed the woodlands where he played, to make way for a new housing estate – the experience of many of us.  He grew and married and when a good job opportunity came they upped sticks and did what many of us dream of doing, moved out of the rat-race; in his case, to rural Denbighshire in N. Wales.  They managed to fit into a very different society to the one they had left close to London.  Soon the young English couple were the proud parents of two daughters who were Welsh by birth, both becoming Welsh speaking.  The family roamed the wonderful countryside all the year round; in winter the family would drive out into snow in their Mini as far as they were able, to camp-cook bacon or beef burgers.

Dave filled his life with other things whilst there in Wales; built a boat, invented a few things through engineering connections, but always he returned to the open land and seascapes of Wild Wales around Snowdonia and Ynys Môn, and as the girls grew, went on outings with friends, or shopping trips with their mother, Dave began to walk in the hills alone – sometimes with Pam his wife, usually alone.  And it was whilst on one of his loneliest, and he admits afterwards, one of  his stupidest, where he climbed into clouds on the rising flanks of Moel Siabod, that he had a profound experience.  No one knew where he had gone.  He was looking for the wrecks of crashed aircraft in Snowdonia according to local knowledge.  He stumbled back out of the low clouds, passed Dolwyddelan Castle, drove through Gwydyr Forest towards home, quite subdued.  What was the experience?  Dave will not say, but it started his exploration of a new way to look at the natural world.  This is where Doorkeeper of the World beganA titled relative links him to the harsh opening in this novel.

Doorkeeper of the WorldDoorkeeper of the World

A novel of destitution and loneliness, history and political intrigue, but most of all…the power of friendship. A feel-good magical story that spans continents and decades.

The Right Hon. Jonathan Webster, child of a bankrupt English family whose title goes back to Richard the Lionheart, recalls how as a lonely boy of ten, he was taken in by distant relatives on a Welsh mountain sheep farm. Jon Bach, as he became known, bonds with the harsh work and his cousin William; together they roam the wild mountains, learning of the strange mysticism that permeates their beautiful home…a spirituality that William calls lore. Befriended by a lonely hermit who tutors the boys, the lore is unleashed and the tiniest seed begins to grow.

After World War II the boys meet up again on William’s hill farm to renew their friendship. Their mentor continues the lore and they witness the first secret passenger flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1931 piloted by Lord James; it carries an eminent fascist politician and could spell catastrophe for the entire planet. The two lifelong friends must lay their lives and friendship on the line and harness the lore to save the world.

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A new genre is born. Doorkeeper of the World is the first of many inter-linked stories. We want YOU to get involved. If you want to be considered by Wild Wolf to be published as part of this new genre, read Doorkeeper of the World in detail and offer us your own novel using this story concept, its characters with some of your own perhaps. Royalties will be paid on publication for those successful. We are happy to consider short stories, novellas and novels. If you do not wish to join us in this brand new venture, please still read Doorkeeper, it is a unique and magical story that will stay with you for years to come. Submit your story via the normal Wild Wolf submissions process.

 

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