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About JFDerry

Writer. Darwin, science & more. 4 books: Piospheres, Darwin in Scotland, Serial Killers. Current project is THE DISSENT OF MAN. Born near London, raised near Primrose Hill and in Lincolnshire, and studied at the Universities of Bangor, York and Edinburgh for degrees in Biochemistry, Bioelectronics and Biological Computation, and a PhD in African Ecology. Mainly working in British and African universities, but also in Spain, Brussels, Mongolia and Australia, to date, publication history is mostly in academic journals, on aspects of computational biology, pastoralism and on Charles Darwin and evolution. However, also written for several national newspapers, various governments, several major record labels and independent book publishers. Fiction has appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and poetry is at the Human Genre Project. Lives in Edinburgh, with partner and their two daughters.

Charlie Patton (1891-1934): Father of the Blues? – Part 3

[Don’t miss the the first and second parts of this post] Charlie Patton recorded 57 songs between 1929 and 1934 which sold exceptionally well and catapulted him into relative stardom. His legacy lives on, 80 years after he stopped doing so. Even though he has … Continue reading

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Charlie Patton (1891-1934): Father of the Blues? – Part 2

[If you want to know the story so far, see the first part to this post] Back at Dockery’s, by the time Sloan had left, Charlie Patton was an accomplished 19-year old performer and songwriter. How he had reached this level … Continue reading

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Charlie Patton (1891-1934): Father of the Blues? – Part 1

Charlie Patton died April 28, 1934. His legacy, the music we call the Delta Blues. That’s a huge legacy for one person to leave: Founding Father of the Delta Blues. But, how many people know his name compared to the … Continue reading

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The Fellow in the Cupboard

There are many reasons for which I get frustrated at the slow pace of funding for this book compared to other books I have seen pass by on their way to a successful 100% completion, but none more than the … Continue reading

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Oliver Sacks shares a laugh with actor Robin Williams in 1989 during the filming of Awakenings    

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Dear Chifuti Safaris clients

“Dear Chifuti Safaris clients, It is with deep sadness to announce the passing of Chifuti Safaris professional hunter Ian Gibson.…” There’s quite a bit of debate raging about this hunter guide who, allowing his client to rest after 5 hours … Continue reading

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Je suis Charlie

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Ha muerto Manitas de Plata

Another guitar great and legendary musician has died. My Spanish roots must have given me a love of Flamenco from the outset. It’s still the single musical genre to which I find it hardest to multitask, write, or even sit … Continue reading

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Life Line

A 14-year old girl was murdered in London. It’s a well publicised case. Another pregnant, 16-year old was strangled to death by her boyfriend, “to teach her a lesson”. Another 28-year old woman with everything to live for, has mysteriously … Continue reading

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The Dissent of Man: £10 gift + FREE ebooks

Dear All, to celebrate reaching £1m-worth of pledges, those lovely people at Unbound have thank you gifts for you. Pledge on my next book, THE DISSENT OF MAN and Unbound will add £10 to your total. For example, that’s a … Continue reading

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