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I have 75 stories published in 6 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 141835 times and 22 of my stories have been cherry picked.

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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

It's All In The Game - Part 1

Josiah is preparing for the Company Christmas Party whilst Archibald has a musical question...

Seen, But Not Herod

I've wanted to add another story or two to my Alternativity series (a very alternative telling of the Nativity) but I couldn't think of anything I hadn't already covered, and then it occurred to me that the last time we saw the Wise Men was when the Shepherds sent them off on a wild goose chase to see King Herod. I wondered how that might have worked out?

Here We Come A'Wassailing

Peregrine and Prudence try out an old English festive tradition.

I See A Friday And I Want To Paint It Black!

There's a certain strain of advertising that I seem to see quite a lot of, at the moment, and it irritates me immensely. I thought that Josiah and Archibald might have some views on it, too!

What's In Store, For Santa Claus?

When you're as logical and inquisitive as Peregrine and Prudence, Christmas can present a bit of a challenge!