I am much amused by a Hagar the Viking cartoon in which Lucky Eddie declares Norwegian girls as being the best. Hagar the sea bandit says, ‘Yes, but Bulgarian girls are pretty and they’re good cooks.’
Over far more years than I can count on your fingers and toes and mine, I was compelled to save wise or endearing quotations as I chanced upon them. As it was long before home computers or self-publishing was an option, I had no idea what I was going to do with them. Like the stuff in the attic I just could not bring myself to discard them.
Once, while at the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome, I tried to give lectures, but one woman constantly blinded me with a camera flash, which prevented me from concentrating on my notes. I said that while I was working, they should stop working, because of the division of labour. The woman turned off her camera but clearly felt pained.
On 14 November 1907, the famous Swedish children’s writer Astrid Lindgren was born. She created such memorable characters as Pippi Longstocking, Emil i Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, the Six Bullerby Children, The Brothers Lionheart and many others.
TAKING A BREAK from loss-making real historical research and publishing, Michael Walsh turned to penning novels. He believes fiction based on real-life holds out far more promise of a far wider readership.
Exactly 170 years ago, on November 13, 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson was born. The internationally respected author was a favourite with young and old lovers of literature.
MICHAEL WALSH the award-winning author is also a highly regarded ghost-writer. Most writers engage a ghost (a professional writer) who will bring their books to retail standards. The ghost’s fees are recoverable through their book royalties. Eighty percent of celebrity memoirs and forty percent of conventional books are ghost-written.
The Spanish Civil War raged between 1936 and 1939. The Spanish conflict, rather than the Reich’s pre-emptive strike on threatening Poland, is said to have sparked World War II.
A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL is a killer-thriller replete with cliff-hangers and more twists and turns than bush fighters foray into the savannah in pursuit of the dusky devils.
Today the emphasis is on the riches in parliamentarians bank accounts. Not so long ago the ruling class were notorious for the richness of their language. Newspapers owners who really did challenge could also hold their own in any bout of verbal jousting.