Jimmy First And Destiny's Watch

Jimmy First And Destiny's Watch

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Jimmy First is a fourteen year old boy with cerebral palsy. When he runs he falls over his right arm is weak. He’s picked on by the school bully. He’s rejected by the girl of his dreams. Life isn’t a lot of fun.

Things start to look up when he meets Henry Crumhle, the owner of the watch repair shop in the High Street Mews. A frustrating and unfulfilled existence suddenly becomes challenging and exciting.… (more)

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Language: English

Written in: 2011

Published: 2011-11-22

Word count: 2,052 words (≈ 8 minutes)

License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (cc by-nc-nd)

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I was born in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital in 1954. I grew up in, and was educated in Dunstable, and moved to a small Buckinghamshire village in 1995. I’ve been married to Carole since 1973 and I’m the proud owner of two golden retrievers, Rory and Murphy.

I started an engineering apprenticeship when I left school in 1970, and qualified in 1975. I worked as an engineer in various Electronic Companies from 1975 up until 1989, when I decided I needed a career change and became an RF Sales Engineer, a job which I still do today.
I love to walk my dogs in the open countryside and I enjoy listening to all types of music. I've been an Eric Clapton fan since I was fifteen years old and have seen him play live around a dozen times. I've enjoyed reading since I was a kid and dreamed that one day I would write a story that people would want to read. So I finally took the plunge and started to write around five years ago. I've always loved fantasy, which is the genre I've chosen for my Jimmy First story.

The first book to make an impression on me was ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S. Lewis. I was 11 years old. A teacher at my junior school, Stan Knowles, read it to the class. He was a brilliant reader and changed his voice to suit all of the different characters, as he took the class into the magical world of Narnia. I can remember never wanting it to end.

I didn’t find ‘The Lord of the Rings’ until I was in my early twenties but it was worth the wait. Tolkien’s beautiful prose and vivid descriptions made for a memorable read. I also liked Peter Jackson’s films – one of the rare occasions where the film measured up to the book.
I can remember Roald Dahl saying that to write children's stories as an adult, you had to get down on your hands and knees to see the world as a child does. I've always believed that all of the great children's authors have a well developed sense of the child within them, which is why they can write such amazing stories.

I’ve lost count of the number of business meetings I’ve been in where I go off into some fantasy world or work out a plot for a new idea. So I thought it was about time I put some of these strange ideas onto paper. I grew up in the sixties and was brought up on Doctor Who ... and yes I did watch the Daleks from behind the sofa! But it was must watch TV and it fostered a life-long fascination with time travel.

I love the Jimmy First character; I love his innocence and his essential goodness. I wondered what would happen if he had the opportunity to travel into the future to find a cure for his cerebral palsy. 'Jimmy First and Destiny's Watch’ is my first story to be published, and I hope that whoever reads it, will enjoy Jimmy’s journey as much as I've enjoyed writing it ...

Ian O'Neill - March 2010

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