About Stephen Bentley – Writer, and Published Author
I write true crime and crime fiction. Before that in my previous lives I was a UK Detective Sergeant, pioneering undercover cop, barrister, and many other things too which you can read in my bio below.
I guess you could say I go on reinventing myself through necessity and refusal to ever quit during the stormy times.
As for my writing, I believe readers think of my books like Marmite in that they either love or hate my books.
Serendipity (one of my favourite words) dictates most readers love my books, thank goodness.
Born in Accrington, Lancashire but raised in Huyton, Liverpool from infancy. I consider myself a Scouser endorsed by a good friend’s docker father who considered me an honorary member of the ‘Brotherhood of Scousehood.’ I still love Liverpool even though I haven’t been there for a few years. The image of Liverpool’s Liver Buildings below is pure nostalgia for me.
I was educated at Prescot Grammar School, Merseyside, England leaving school at 17 years, and returned to education in 1993 at the now London Metropolitan University and was awarded a law degree LLB (2:1 Honours).
My police service was in both the Lancashire and Hampshire forces from 1966 to 1980 when I resigned with the rank of Detective Sergeant.
Between 1980 and 1993, I worked in a variety of jobs as a sales manager, truck driver and instructor. While reading law full time between 1993 and 1996 I also worked as a hospital night security porter, a London motorcycle courier and chilled food delivery driver to fund my studies.
From 1996 to 1997 I qualified as a barrister at the famous Inns of Court School of Law, London. From 1997 to 2011 I practised law as a criminal barrister defending in cases of murder, rape, sexual assault, robbery, firearms possession and supplying drugs including cases at the famous Old Bailey and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
From 2013, I travelled in South East Asia including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Philippines. I also spent some time in Australia riding a Harley motorcycle. I have chosen to make the Philippines my permanent home with my partner, now wife, Zabrina.
My Blog at Expat in Bacolod
My musings can be found here on this blog. It is a collection of articles about the many things in in life that interest me. It is a veritable potpourri!
My author website can be found by clicking here where you can access a free book by joining my mailing list.
Since my retirement to the Philippines, I have been able to concentrate 100% on writing. My memoir with the title “Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story” was published on September 14, 2016 and is available in both paperback and Kindle. It is a true story of my undercover days posing as a hippie to infiltrate the world’s largest LSD manufacturing and distribution networks.
Not only did I accomplish that successfully but also unearthed a massive plot to import huge quantities of cocaine into the UK. It is a story that involves drugs, some sex and a little rock n’ roll!
I am currently working on a number of books.
My first book “How to Drive Like an Idiot in Bacolod – An Expat’s Experiences of Driving in the Philippines and How to Survive” is now available on Amazon in Kindle format.
Social Media & Contact
My Amazon Author Page is The Stephen Bentley.
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