Jeff Hopkins is a retired schoolteacher. He lives in Western Australia with his two Labrador dogs, Jack and Sam. As the drama master at a private boys school he wrote eleven original musical plays and produced and directed them at the school. In 1992 he researched and wrote a family history, "Life's Race Well Run," and since retiring in 2006 he has written six novels: "Reflections" (2006), "Benedict Lovelace and the Travelling Show" (2009), "Artifice" (2015), "Gnarl" (2015), "The Spiv" (2015) and "Impressment" (2015). Jeff writes entirely for pleasure, and to fill in the long summer months between football seasons.
The story of Gnarl was very well told. The characters are skilfully portrayed and the author's imagination makes it very thought provoking. Under the guise of unbelievable sadness, a very different and wonderful story happens. We see Gnarl grow up with his foster parents, Cuanzo and Shiedel and we learn of Kyler's life (and about his love of baking), about the defence of a Kingdom and the rise of the Lord Gnarl. Gnarl and Kyler are two fine characters. The story of Gnarl really got me in and made me think.