When Peter was thirteen years old, his father committed suicide. Later in life, he comes across some letters his father had sent from the trenches of World War One. Certain words and phrases in these letters reveal a side of his father the man had never suspected when he was growing up. As he digs deeper and deeper into his family's past, he uncovers a world he realizes he had never understood, could never even have imagined. Just beneath the surface of the apparently quiet, civilized, well-bred world of his family he had kwn as a child, there was a completely different reality, a parallel universe of suppressed loves and hates, sexual deviations and appallingly violent actions, involving t only his parents and grandparents and the rest of his family, but also finally - and most devastatingly of all - himself.
David was born in England, but has spent most of his career as a television writer-producer in Canada and the United States. He has triple citizenship: European, Canadian and American. With his wife, Denise Boiteau, David has written and produced some four hundred television scripts (documentary, drama, comedy, animation) for TVOntario in Canada (in both English and French), the Public Broadcasting Service in the U.S., the Discovery Channel, NHK, Encyclopedia Britannica and Time-Life. He has also written half-a-dozen feature film screenplays, both originals and re-writes of other people's scripts. All of his TV scripts were produced in Canada and the United States and have been broadcast there and in many other parts of the world. His TV productions have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won over fifty international film and television awards, including the selection of The Middle East series in the 1987 Academy Awards Best Educational Documentary category. While living in Canada, from 1967-87, David - again with Denise Boiteau - launched a French-as-a-Second Language TV network. He has also served as Media Delegate to the Gulf States in the Middle East for the Ontario Government. He speaks French, German and Arabic and has a First Class Honors B.A. in Modern Arabic Studies from Durham University and an M.A. in North African Literature (Arabic and French) from Cambridge University, including post-graduate study at the Sorbonne. He also completed a number of years of post-graduate work towards a Ph.D. in Media Studies with the late Marshall McLuhan at the University of Toronto, as well as at UCLA, comparing the effects of Roman, Arabic and Chinese script. In addition, David has had extensive training in television production and screenplay structure at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the National Film Board of Canada, Ryerson Polytechnic, the Public Broadcasting Service and UCLA Film School. David has written six books: four adult novels, one volume of short stories and one children's book.