The Warrior from the Tin Islands



The "Warrior from the Tin Islands" is a historical novel set in the Mediteranean world of the fourth century BC, which was dominated by the super-power of the time, the Persian Empire which was bent on world conquest.

The Greek speaking cities on the Eastern coast of the Aegean sea had revolted against the Empire. The Empire's provincial capital had been plundered and burnt. The revolt had been put down, and the Emperor had sworn to take his revenge. The Empire is poised to achieve world conquest. The only challenge to stand between the Empire and world domination is a proud independent and free people led by a bullying Spartan king and a bent small-city boss.

Bran, the son of a Celtic warrior chief, is cursed to be a slave for the rest of his life.

Corina is the daughter of a rich and powerful city official.

Can their love survive the onslaught of the Empire's troops and overcome the rigid social barriers between Citizen and Slave and Greek and Barbarian?


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Bill, a friend, says: "I enjoyed the book - easily as good as many 'officially' published novels taught me things about the classical world".

Katrina, another reader says: "Just to say how much I enjoyed reading The Warrior from the Tin Islands, which I finished this morning. I thought you crafted Bran’s personal odyssey brilliantly and the oracle was such a great premise to mean that we could follow him to Carthage, to the Scythian police and to then fighting at Thermopylae, whilst also getting glimpses of Susa and Athens simultaneously via Yitsok. What a cast list! I especially enjoyed the Aeschylus section (and his reappearance at Salamis of course) and the fact we were able to spend time hearing from Themistocles, Artemisia, Leonidas, Hasdrubal and so many others, with the history and narrative seamlessly woven in, as well as your own creations."

Revd. Canon John Manchester, a local retired vicar says: "If you like history, you'll like this book. A wonderful adventure story and well worth reading".


Tim Coates says:

This is a unique and special book. It is beautifully written and has excellent and fascinating research. The stories are part of Ancient Greek history and have a universal attraction. It is the kind of long saga which gave rise to ‘A Game of Thrones’ or ‘The Lord of the Rings’. It also leads us to the conclusion that, as current geopoliticals show, small states standing up to the aggression of larger ones is not a new phenomenon. It will be a publisher’s delight with a truly international audience.”

Tim Coates is a well-known best-selling author, and is a former managing Director of Waterstones and several other UK and US book companies.


Nigel Brotherton says:

“It, for me, was a compelling read which moulded together a number of Ancient Greek events, which up to that point had been only individual events on a long period of history. I certainly had not even suspected that there could have been links between Cornwall and Ancient Greek history.”

Nigel is a friend who lives locally and is a former distribution manager of WH Smith.


Peter Addyman says: “Thanks so much for your amazing book. Quite a page turner and always full of fascinating references”

Peter Addyman was director of the York Archaeological Trust 1972 - 2002 and oversaw the construction of the York Jorvik Viking centre. I knew him for a short while when he was chair of Malton Museum.



Paul Andrews

This is my background ....

PAUL ANDREWS – CV - Achievements directly related to writing highlighted in bold


War years

Father, a curate in a church in London met mother, a short hand typist, the “akela” of the church cubs. Father’s father, a Conservative voter, a rich qualified surveyor and building firm owner who built bespoke houses for wealthy clients. Mother’s father, a Labour voter, a  London docker who had been wounded and invalided out of World War I. Politically, I’ve heard both sides point of view, and believe I can see both sides of an argument!


I was born at Towcester. Dad was a curate


Family moved to Shrewsbury, Dad a curate in charge of a small local church


Dad vicar of Ettingshall church. An industrial parish in the West Midlands.


Family moved to St Andrew’s Church, Birchills, Walsall, another industrial parish

1955 – July 1965

Five years at Prestfelde Prep School, Shrewsbury followed by another five years at Ellesmere College, a boys’ boarding “public” school at Ellesmere, Shropshire. Started learning Latin at the age of 9 (amongst other subjects)


Started learning Classical Greek

1965 - 1968

Dismal A level results and personal indecision led to me losing out on university entry and ending up at the College of Commerce in Liverpool studying an external University of London degree in Law. Law bored me, and I continued to read Latin and Greek texts in spare time. I finished with a lower 2nd Class honours London University LLB degree

I joined the Liverpool University Potholing Club (LUPC)

1968 -9

Liverpool Law School, studying Law Society professional exams.


Articled to a Jewish firm


18 months working as a legal assistant at Liverpool Regional Hospital Board

July 1972

I qualify as a solicitor.


I move to Bristol area and work for Sodbury Rural District Council

August 1979

Awarded London University upper second class honours degree in Classics as an external student – I had arranged my own correspondence course to cover the syllabus set by the university and corresponded with university lecturers. Same exams as internal students

Early 1980’s

Re-union of former members of LUPC. We called ourselves “The Northern Boggarts”.  In 1983/84 I do a correspondence course with London School of Journalism – on writing articles and short stories. Northern Boggarts have a bi-monthly journal describing caving trips. I contribute lots of articles and get a taste for creative writing.

1973 – 1997

Various appointments to a succession of local authorities: Sodbury RDC, Northavon DC, Kerrier DC (Cornwall), New Towns Commission (Corby), St. Helens Metropolitan Borough, finally ending up at Ryedale DC in 1988 as their chief solicitor

1989 - date

I stop caving and start sailing (less strenuous but equally adventurous), first on the River Ouse, then with Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club at Bridlington, ending up with Scarborough Yacht Club in 1999. I still have a yacht in Scarborough Harbour and remain a member of SYC.


Divorced from first wife, with whom I had had two sons.


Following local government reorganisation, I go into private practice and join the Liberal Democrats. I run a LibDem campaign to build a joint use dry sports centre at Malton School – which eventually succeeds some years later against Conservative opposition. I begin writing letters to the local newspapers. I also join Habton Parish Council and lead a campaign to save our local pub – which succeeds.


I remarry and move into house in Great Habton, where we still live. I am asked by one local newspaper (Gazette and Herald) to write a paid monthly column – which I keep up for ten years.


Elected District LibDem councillor for Malton ward (a three member ward)


I join out of the LibDems and go independent                  

2006 - 10

I self-publish novel “The Loner” through Matador


Re-elected district councillor for Malton as independent by four votes, and elected onto Malton Town Council

1997 - 2008

Four years working for a small legal firm, then agency work, at first working 11 months a year, then 9 months and finally 6 months. The crash of 2008 wrecks the housing market, including the legal conveyancing business and I retire permanently from paid work.

2007 – 2023

I fight and win four elections for Ryedale DC’s Malton ward as an independent. This was a three member ward, which I shared initially with a LibDem and a Conservative, and which eventually had three independents. I wrote all my own election campaign literature. Ryedale District Council ceased to exist on 1st April 2023, and I did not contest any of the divisions of the new authority.


As a district councillor, I campaigned against Council car park charges and eventually persuaded the local estate company to take back the town centre car park from the council and make it free.  I led a successful campaign against building  a new superstore on another  council car park which would have destroyed Malton Town Centre shops.  I opposed the Environment Agency’s plans to take down flood defences protecting farms and villages, including persuading Ryedale to pay for a hydrological engineer to negotiate with the Agency and getting a joint university team to look at a solution for flooding in Pickering. I raised £30,000 with the help of Frackfree to enable me to take legal proceedings against the government on fracking.  I published articles and letters on all these matters in the local press.

2013 - 2016

I wrote the “Warrior from the Tin Islands” which has been printed on website “Lulu”, but not published

2016 – 2019

I was the elected Mayor of Malton. I raised £3,000 as Mayor for Acorn Community Trust, Malton Hospital and Malton in Bloom. I obtained a grant from Malton Town Council to restore the Assembly Room in Malton’s Georgian entertainment complex, The Milton Rooms. I initiatied the improvement of the look of the town through “Malton in Bloom”, and supported projects to improve green facilities for public use in the town, the restoration of the local cemetery chapel and the refurbishment of a public playing field and the refurbishment of our skate park.

2019 - 2020

Voted Chair of the local arts centre, The Milton Rooms, Malton, which I keep for a year.

2021 - 2023

Voted chair of Ryedale District Council’s Planning Committee and tried to get some sense into the Local Plan, which forces Malton to take 50% of new houses, when the infrastructure is inadequate.

I was made an honorary alderman of Ryedale District Council before the Council ceased to exist – all honorary aldermen of the North Yorkshire districts automatically became honorary aldermen of the new North Yorkshire county.

2007 and 2020 - date

Yorkshire Post accepts articles from me.

April 2024

I resign from Malton Town Council





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This is a complex issue which has seriously threatens the amenities and the livelihood of everybody who lives in Ryedale without delivering any substantial advantages either to Ryedale or the UK.

In 2019 Paul Andrews, with the support of Malton Town Council, took legal action in the High Court against the government in regard to fracking. The legal action was crowd-funded with the help of Frackfree Ryedale. The action failed, but the written judgement was very helpful in that it clarified a number of matters - particularly the role of local planning authorities, who have to have regard to central government policy guidance, but do not have to comply with such guidance if material considerations justify this.

The following statement follows views which were published at the time of the legal action. Since then, the government has imposed a moratorium on inland fracking operations which is currently in force. Third Energy, the company which had obtained permission to frack in Ryedale, have changed ownership and company policy. They have taken down their gas production operation and are currently pursuing the implementation of using their old gas wells for the production of geo thermal energy. So, the immediate danger to our beautiful countryside has been prevented. However, the moratorium is only a moratorium and could be relaxed at any time by this or any future government. It is therefore important that people should understand the background to the matter which is set out below.

General Statement of the concerns published pre-2019

Fracking means the hydraulic fracturing of the shale beds which lie approximately 8,000 to 10,000 feet below ground level throughout the Vale of Pickering, the North York Moors and other parts (if not the whole) of Ryedale.

This is a different process from what is known as the "conventional" method of gas extraction. Conventional wells are drilled vertically into rock formations where gas has already accumulated. The gas rises naturally up the pipe without having to be forced. Fracking is known as an "unconventional" method of extracting gas, as it requires the rock to be broken up mechanically so that the gas is forced out of it by a fluid which is pumped underground under extreme pressure.

Water laced with chemicals is pumped underground through a narrow pipe at extreme pressures in order to make cracks in the shale and release gas.

The vertical pipes of a fracking well are bent horizontally into the shale, but the maximum range of each borehole is at most two and a quarter kilometers. This means that in order to fully exploit the entire gas field, the Vale of Pickering and the rest of the gas field will have to be pepper potted with a grid of gas boreholes and "gas farms" spaced out at intervals of four kilometers in all directions.

Each gas farm is likely to comprise between 5 - 20 acres, and to be effective would have to have underground fracking pipes going out in all directions and at all levels in the shale. A five acre site could have as many as 50 boreholes, and in order to drill these and keep them service, it is estimated that each five acre site would have to have two drilling rigs on site and be in almost constant operation, and lit like Christmas trees at night.

Each site will need to liquefy the gas before it can be transported. Some of this process will be carried out at the Knapton works, where there is a gas pipeline from Third Energy's existing seven conventional gas wells (which they expect to use for fracking). This means on-site cryogenic processes operating at many "gas farms".

Third Energy have indicated that they intend to use their existing 7 Ryedale conventional wells for fracking, and are already looking for more sites. They told a select committee of the House of Commons that they are looking at 19 sites in Ryedale, each with between ten and fifty boreholes. They are known to be considering sites near Hovingham, Terrington, Sherriff Hutton, Great Habton, as well as the site where they are already seeking planning permission at Kirby Misperton.

The liquid used in the fracking process is water mixed with one per cent of chemicals. Many of these chemicals are toxic, and after use the waste liquid has to be given specialist toxic/radioactive treatment. It goes without saying, therefore that if it enters the aquifer which farmers use, it will contaminate the water supply.

The gas which is retrieved comprises different types of gas, and the unwanted elements have to be burned off or released into the atmosphere

There is a pipe from some of Third energy's conventional gas sites to their processing plant at Knapton. This will take gas, but is understood not to be used for taking away the waste liquid. This will have to be tankered.

Each fracking operation takes anywhere between 2-6 years worth of water used by Royal Lytham and St. Anne's Golf Course. So, with the countryside pepper-potted with a grid of "gas farms" one can imagine just how much heavy traffic is going to enter our rural road network.

If the borehole pipe fractures, fracking liquid can escape into the aquifer, which is used by most farms for the purposes of the farm and their own domestic purposes - they get much (if not all) of their water from artesian wells which go down into this aquifer.

This is not a hypothetical situation. There have only been three fracking wells in the UK to date, and the one in Cumbria operated by Cuadrilla fractured, and it is believed the company carried on with its operations for some six weeks after the fracture.

It is true that where the borehole goes through the aquifer, the pipe will be surrounded by several casings of concrete and steel. However, this will not prevent leakages through cracks and faults if the pipe fractures above or below the extra thick casings.

As the fracking process requires the fluid to be pumped under extreme pressure into the rock, the pipe cannot be made out of stainless steel, which is too soft to withstand this kind of pressure. The steel pipes are therefore liable to corrosion from the oxygen in the gas which is extracted and the water in the fracking fluid. The steel pipe is surrounded by concrete, but concrete crumbles over time. The pressures generated by the fracking process can cause the pipe to fracture, giving rise to a risk of contamination of the aquifer (as can any unconnected minor earth movement), and generate minor earthquakes, as happened to the Cuadrilla borehole in Cumbria..

All of this will have a disastrous impact on our rural and domestic amenity. No insurance company is prepared to insure a house against any risk arising from fracking. House prices will collapse (if it is possible to sell your house at all), and there will be no compensation payable for this kind of blight.

In order to make fracking viable, the Coalition Government  included in its new Infrastructure Act a provision which takes away the right of landowners to prohibit fracking companies from driving horizontal pipes under their land. This is a valuable legal right. It has been taken from landowners without the grant of any kind of compensation and amounts to a kind of legalised theft, and the benefit is passed to the fracking companies free, gratis and for nothing.