Hi! I am Stephen Bentley, a freelance writer, bestselling Amazon author and Huffington Post UK blogger.
I am from the UK, and a former barrister (trial attorney – nothing to do with coffee!), police detective, sales manager, truck driver, motorcycle courier, etc., etc. It follows that I have many stories to tell owing to my varied work and life experiences.
If you like to read memoirs, true crime, detective stories or drug culture back in the 1970s then you have found the right place.
Indeed, if you like travel books, Asia, the Philippines and “hairy driving” then you are also in the right place.
My Blog at Expat in Bacolod
My musings can be found on my blog over at Expat in Bacolod. It is a collection of articles about the many things in in life that interest me. It is a veritable potpourri! On average I post three articles a week. They cover many topics including sport, particularly my love of Liverpool Football Club, the beaches and food of the Philippines and has regular weekly features including Word Wednesday. There is a Monthly Newsletter that acts a a digest of the week’s posts and has a growing list of subscribers.
The Monthly Newsletter has now amalgamated the subscriber lists here, on my blog and through Gumroad.
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. I am pleased to say it became an Amazon UK bestseller in two categories.
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 also heavily involved in a project combining my former detective skills and writing experience in an investigative journalism role. For the obvious reasons, I am unable to reveal details at this stage.
I am currently working on two books, one is my first novel. It is based on my real life undercover cop days.
I am also writing a book about my paternal grandfather, a rating in the British Royal Navy. Able Seaman Frederick Bentley joined the Navy as a “boy sailor” in 1916 at the age of 17. He was on the Prince of Wales in 1941 when that ship was sunk by the Japanese in the South China Sea. He survived and remained in the Navy until 1945.
I would like you to know that I will donate a portion of all book sales royalties to the James Bulger Memorial Trust, a UK registered charity.
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.
Please see the Book List page for more details of my books and how to purchase them.
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 Honors).
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 traveled 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, Zabrina.
Social Media & Contact
My Amazon Author Page is The Stephen Bentley.
My social media links to Twitter and Facebook are shown below if you wish to follow me there.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org in the event you would like to contact me.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to my book Operation Julie: Inside and Undercover.