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May 7, 2015

Clumsy angel

Filed under: Uncategorized — felipewh @ 2:59 pm

On 21st April, Robert Daws and Amy Robbins, renowned stage and TV actors, read from Chapter 11 of my first novel Close of Play. The chapter is called ‘Clumsy angel’ (see my blog from a week ago). Here I include the video of the talk, courtesy of the brilliant Howard Martin of Ampthill TV. An excerpt follows:

‘What’s the worst thing that could happen? I reflected. Unfortunately, I then began to think of several worst things, each perfectly plausible, such as: a clumsy faux pas, an accidental insult to Elizabeth’s world view, a general air of pomposity and conservatism, resulting in her disinclination to meet again, leading to my renewed loneliness and bachelor status, increasing alcohol dependency, physical and mental decline and premature death with only a handful of the lads from the cricket club attending the funeral, and even those largely due to the promise of free drinks paid out of my estate; Godfrey mustering some positive attributes from long-ago anecdotes as he attempts to muster an emotional eulogy; people shuffling uncomfortably in the cold and nearly-empty church, a neat row of Batting Awards lined atop the coffin, representing the only tangible achievements of a once promising but ultimately futile existence.’

At the time of writing, there are nine reviews on Amazon, all positive, some enthusiastically so. Some excerpts read:

‘Watching him [Brian] trying to sort through his emotions can be very poignant, at other times it is hilarious.’

‘A touching love story and beautifully written. I actually felt as if I knew these characters within the first ten pages. The first person narration of Brian reminded me of Stevens from The Remains of the Day at times, and before long I was itching for him to get together with Elizabeth, another interesting and wonderfully drawn character. At turns it’s also darkly comic and it’s laugh out loud funny in places too. Highly recommended, especially for a romantic comedy holiday read.’

‘Some great humor and moments of refreshing charm in this romantic comedy, which is well titled. I especially enjoyed Brian’s views on miracles and magic, and I felt a little sorry for Elizabeth during all of his hesitation.’

‘This is Jane Austen from a man’s point of view, and it’s wonderful.’

For the publisher’s page, go to this link.


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