18. Feb, 2019




I  asked Dell if he has ever met Sir Winston Churchill. No he said but he is one of my all-time heroes. So that’s why you brought him in to your stories?

The books are written about a time in the nineteen fifties when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister and the lead character Gordon Drake was a great admirer. Having my imaginary character meet the famous real life Mr Churchill seemed like the gem of an idea. It was so unlikely to have happened, given Gordon’s background - Poacher cum gamekeeper, Beachcomber, boatbuilder and Steward of the lake in Langford. But, suspend reality for just a while, just supposing it had happened. How would they have got on? What would they have talked about? Could the great statesman have learned something from the Beachcomber? How would Gordon Drake respond, would he be completely bowled over being in the presence of such a famous person. So much to explore.

 The meeting takes my character right out of his comfort zone. In Langford Quay he is well respected and known for his home-spun wisdom. So how would he get on in the wider world. It was quite a journey for Gordon. Of course he had Felicity Trimble with him, a much more worldly wise character, but even then…. First class travel up to London on an electric train. Trip round the Houses of Parliament and then a special visit to the Prime Minister’s home.

 Why did he make the trip? Well we are lead to believe that Mr Churchill wanted to meet the man he had been told about. The man who almost single-handedly thwarted a foreign espionage plot and saved the plans of Britain’s secret missile.Outrageous? Well yes but we are told that Mr Churchill picked up some useful tips for his bricklaying hobby and left Gordon Drake feeling confident that he could write at any time with good advice about running the country.As a device to explore Gordon’s character outside the sheltered village community, it worked well.

 Read the e-book Langford Spycatchers for the whole story.