Writing

Kris is also a published author

Two’s Up – Memoires of a Borstal Boy in the 1970s

In January 1971, after having his collar felt at the end of the previous year, the teenage Kris Gray heard his plans of becoming a master criminal crumble when the immortal words ‘take him down’ were uttered by the judge. That same judge had just told him that he would have to serve a term of six months to two years in a Borstal institution. With the words of failed IRA bomb maker, Brendan Behan’s ‘Borstal Boy’, ringing in his head he was dragged away from his fiancé to the dark dungeons of Wormwood Scrubs.

Little did he know that he would end up on a farm in the heart of Huntingdonshire, brewing illicit rhubarb wine, entertaining the local old folk and finding his hand up a cow’s fanny, amongst other things, whilst learning how to get out in double quick time.

Two’s Up is the often humorous and sometime sad memoires of a Borstal Boy in the early 1970’s who went on to almost be a rock star.

Read the reviews on Kris’s Twos-up website.

A mod’s story

A Mod’s Story is Kris’s latest book published on Kindle and available to buy on Amazon.

Harry York was a mod back in the 70’s when he and his friends locked horns with Terry Weismann, a Rocker and his gang, one sunny day in Brighton but the fight was interrupted by a young lady by the name of Rita. Twenty five years later Harry and Terry have decided it was time they revisited their ‘unfinished business’ so they both round up their old friends for a final showdown.

Meanwhile Harry, who is still close to Rita, meets and befriends a young man by the name of Charlie Conrad who is having problems with some local bullies as well as his father. Charlie shows interest in helping rebuild Harry’s scooter and listening to his collection of Mod music. Rita is happy to help but is against the idea of the showdown the two old rivals are planning.

‘A Mod’s Story’ paints an accurate picture of the mod era from the seventies with rich portrayals of the main characters of Harry, Terry, Rita and Charlie. Will they have that ‘final showdown’ and if so, what will be the outcome?

A must read for anyone interested in the Mods and Rockers era, a snap shot of life in Britain during those times.

Listen to John Peter’s on The Book Review talking to Kris Gray and reviewing a Mod’s story which so evocatively capture’s the spirit of those times.