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Philip Whiteland

Philip is a retired university lecturer in Human Resource Management. Turning 60 seems a long time ago, now that he's at the midpoint between that and 'three score and ten'. If you can forgive him both of those facts, then you might just enjoy his writing. He lives on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District, because that is as far as they will let him in. He was born and brought up, in Burton upon Trent, the home of the UK brewing industry, and spent much of his early years attempting to support that industry single-handedly. Much of his writing over the past few years, for the Derby Telegraph, Burton Mail's "times gone by" magazine and Mature Times has featured his recollections of growing up (allegedly) in the 1950s and 1960s. He's christened his combination of nostalgia and comedy 'nostalgedy', he did consider 'comalgia' but he thought it sounded too much like an unfortunate medical condition.

Philip is now focusing on his humorous fiction, particularly his Undertakers' series of stories featuring Josiah Oakshott and Archibald Thurble, along with the precocious pairing of Peregrine and Prudence who always seem to be one step ahead of the adults in their lives, and Packham and India, the two labradors.

The photo was taken nearly 15 years ago, so you need to add (quite)a few wrinkles and deduct (rather a lot of) hairs for a true picture ;-)

You can find all of Philip's published work at

My stories

You've Got To Laugh, Haven't You?

Analysing humour is a dangerous business, particularly after a few pints!

Audacious Auditions

I don't know where this came from, or why! I just had this scene running around in my head and I had to do something with it. You may wish I hadn't.

Good, Sports!

This seemed appropriate for today and is also a good example of what I mean by 'nostalgedy'

Occasional Showers

Although I enjoy writing humorous fiction, I'm probably better known for my observational humour pieces, in particular the odd mixture of nostalgia and comedy that I've termed 'nostalgedy'. This article is a particular favourite of mine because (a) I think it's funny and (b) as advice, it actually works! A version of this can be found in Steady Past Your Granny's