Roger Burnage (1933-2015) grew up in the village of Lymm, a civil parish in Warrington, Cheshire. A diligent student, several years at private school followed by more years at grammar school resulted in a first class School Certificate in which the top subjects were History and English Language.
The next move was to serve as a regular in the R.A.F. most of the time posted to Ceylon (Sri Lanka as it is now known.) After release from national service Roger went to work as a draughtsman in one of the big electrical engineering firms in Manchester, eventually becoming a sales engineer and travelled abroad mostly to Scandinavia and India.
Marriage, raising two sons and joining his Father's small horticultural business exhibiting at Horticultural and Agricultural shows around the country kept Roger busy but allowed some time for family holidays, sailing and charity work with the Rotary Club of which Roger also became President of the local branch.
The business became very successful after winning large contracts with several mail order companies and later on some the UK's best known large stores. Sadly, the early 1990's brought difficult business conditions across the country which made the decision to sell the land and buildings the sensible and logical choice.
On the positive side, Roger now found the time to indulge in his interest in writing.
"I have always enjoyed reading history and historic novels and it was the finding of simple mistakes in some of them that encouraged me to write for myself. I find great pleasure from both writing and doing the historical research needed. The Merriman series is the result".
|Series: The Merriman Chronicles|
|A Certain Threat||Merriman is ordered to the Irish Sea to assist the principal Treasury agent|
|1793||The Threat in the West Indies||Merriman has been sent to the West Indies as captain of HM sloop Aphrodite|
|Merriman and the French Invasion||Merriman is promoted Captain and given command of the frigate Lord Stevenage|
|1798||The Threat in the East||Merriman has been ordered to Bombay|
|1800||The Threat in the Baltic||Merriman joins Nelson in the Baltic|
|1801||The Threat in the Americas||Merriman is despatched to South America along with a small flotilla|
|1809||The Threat in the Adriatic||Merriman is despatched to Gibraltar to take command of a seventy four|
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