25. Feb, 2019

View from Langford Quay


“What is it that makes the Langford Follies so attractive to write about,” Bloghead said to Dell.
“It’s the era of nineteen Fifties that's so interesting. I imagine HE Bates felt the same when he wrote Darling Buds of May. My personal copy was priced at twelve shillings and six pence in the late nineteen fifties. HE Bates had the Larkin Family. Pop Larkin and Ma and all their kids. They lived according to their own crazy moral values, making a mockery of the austere and rather stuffy lifestyle which would have been normal for those early years after the war. Pop was a wheeler and dealer, capable of a scam to make pound; but he was never capable of harming a soul. His worst curse ever was calling Mr Fortescue a bloody sausage. Wonderful characters.
I think my character Gordon Drake is like that, capable of almost anything to help his family and friends and hardly ever hurt anyone.”
“How are you getting on with the third Langford Follies novel Dell?” Bloghead said.
The story is finished now. It just needs to rest for a while. Just like a freshly baked cake. It always tastes better when it’s been left for a few days. It goes out to the First Readers this week.
The other matter is the artwork. It takes time to get the artist in the right frame of mind to produce those wonderful images. She cannot be hurried.
“Sounds like a family matter I should steer clear of.”
“Very wise Bloghead.”
“Same characters?”
“Many of the same characters. We go back to Langford Quay at a time when news of their success in capturing foreign spies had spread across the communities. A neighbouring community not far from Langford come looking for help. They have heard about Gordon’s reputation as a warrior and think he can help them.