I have been listening to one of those wireless programmes again, this time it is called 'The Write Stuff' and features questions of books but specialising in Jerome K Jerome. You can hear it here if you wish. The spoofs of the chosen authors books at the end are always good and JKJ would no doubt laugh at those heard here.
Once again however this got me thinking about writing a similar book to 'Three Men in a Boat.' Like everyone else I have wished to emulate this success and so far I have only the booklet re the Great War exhibition. Fame at last! However writing a book that would travel outside this area is somewhat harder as it has to resonate with readers everywhere. This makes things harder. Also having an editor rough it up to improve it makes for double work!
What is the book you are trying to write?
They say everyone has a novel in them, although I have no wish to write a novel, more a factual book worth reading and offering a light yet serious view of the world. Travel books are idea, yet the last trip was five miles down the road! An autobiography, but that was cause suicide to the readers. I read one chaps excellent ' The Goalkeepers Guide to Britain.' This took the period since the war, set in his home area of run down Islington in London and through the varieties of goalkeepers since gave us an excellent readable social history, at one and the same time personal and understandable for all. Super stuff, shame he has already done it.
Ah well, it's good to dream, innit?