About John Orton
John Orton was born in 1949 in South Shields, England and after reading Law at Oxford University followed a career as a Solicitor in local Government until his retirement.
Tracing his family history led John into a growing interest into the social history of his home town, South Shields – he now enjoys writing ‘faction’ – ficiton based on fact – in his series ‘Tales from Old South Shields.’ John’s first book ‘The Five Stone Steps’ is a BRAG Medallion winner. The second in the series ‘Blitz PAMs’ is also a BRAG Medallion winner, has been given a Discovered Diamond Award and is a double awardee with Chill With a Book, having recieved the Reader’s Award and a PB Special Award. ‘A Chill Wind off the Tyne’, the third in the series, has just been published.