Lionel & Patricia Fanthorpe
Reverend Robert Lionel Fanthorpe, BA(Hons), FCP, Teaching Certificate with Distinctions in Advanced Main Theology and Practical and Theoretical Education, FRSA, FCMI, Member of Mensa
Born in Dereham in Norfolk, Lionel was a journalist before moving into teaching.
While working as the Further Education Tutor at Gamlingay in Cambridgeshire, he was invited to become the Chief Industrial Training Executive for the Phoenix Timber Group of Companies, in Rainham, Essex, where he became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.
After a few years in industry, he returned to teaching, and lectured for Cambridge University's Board of Extra-Mural Studies. He was also Deputy Head at Hellesdon High School, near Norwich, before moving to Cardiff in 1979 as Head of Glyn Derw Comprehensive High School in Ely.
He was originally ordained as a non-stipendiary Anglican Priest in 1987 and is now an independent Priest. His religious books include the Bishopsgate Press Thoughts and Prayers Series: ...for Healing Times, ...for Lonely Times, ...for Troubled Times, ...for Special Occasions & many more.
He has also worked as a lecturer, writer, radio and TV broadcaster and management consultant in partnership with his wife Patricia.
They specialise in investigating unsolved mysteries at first hand, and their many titles in this field include: The World's Greatest Unsolved Mysteries, Rennes-le-Chateau, Oak Island, The World's Most Mysterious Places, The World's Most Mysterious Objects & The World's Most Mysterious People.
Lionel sold his first Science Fiction story in 1952 and has since written over 250 books, often co-authored with Patricia. Many of these are currently available on Amazon Kindle.
His TV shows included Fortean TV, Holy Quiz, Stations of the Cross, Talking Stones, Castles of Horror, and Forbidden History. He also broadcast frequently on Coast to Coast radio with George Noory.
His most recently published novels - co-authored with Patricia - are Padfoot (2015) for The King's England Press and the Derl Wothor Trilogy (2018) for Bullfrog Books. This consists of the science fantasy stories: The Black Lion, The Golden Tiger & Zotala the Priest.