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I have 84 stories published in 6 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 151114 times and 25 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


For Those In Peril On The Sea

Some of the following story was told to me as a true account over the weekend. As soon as I heard it, I thought that this was a natural story for my two hapless undertakers. Hope you enjoy it!

King Wenceslas, Look Out!! - Part Two

In Part One , the Page tried to get the King to do a charitable act for a peasant gathering winter fuel but the King was more interested in his crossword.

King Wenceslas, Look Out! - Part One

We've all heard of Good King Wenceslas, particularly at this time of year, but was that always the case?
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Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Mourning?

A while ago, in a blog post , I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't written a Christmas-themed story this year because the world was rather too much with me. Then it occurred to me, the other day, that this was incorrect. I had written a Christmas story! The only difference was that it had been written a little while before the festive season, as a special story for my collection of seasonal stories ' A Christmas Cracker '. I thought it was about time that I shared it with you, so let's take a break from Archibald and Josiah's madcap dash across Spain (in ' Bring Out Your Dead' ) and instead visit them at the undertakers' at Christmas...

Bring Out Your Dead - Part 28 (revised)

In which our weary travellers gain some respite, discuss ducks and steel and feel queasy about jam.