Tell a Good Tale
Lovereading Price £4.99
Why I wrote this book
I have to write. It would be good to share my writing with friends and family and, if I am lucky enough, sell a few copies. Looking at the vast amount of writing on supermarket shelves, most of little literary value, it would be very pleasant to strike a blow in favour of the English language.
Why is my work different? You rarely see good quality short stories these days and even more rarely see what I call “tales” – see my synopsis.
Why should anyone buy it? Excellent value for money. For a price little higher than for supermarket junk, they can read well-written and interesting stories and other items. Being short and easy to read, they are ideal for reading in trains, in planes, in any kind of waiting situation and, above all, in bed!
The writer uses his considerable experience of life, including two interesting careers, to present a number of short stories and shorter diverting pieces. In one, a pilot thinks he may have caused his navigator’s death and, after ten years of anxiety, he looks for him in a “hopeless” search in Southern Spain. In another, a male and a female academic, flying to a conference in Athens, think they have stumbled upon a real mystery but it is really caused by their growing interest in each other. A third concerns an attractive middle-aged widow, who has an unsuccessful blind date in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Among the shorter pieces are problems from Round Britain Quiz, the long-running Radio Four programme, to which the writer has been a considerable contributor. The stories are tales, hence the title. They are strong on plot, dialogue and characterisation. There is no heart-searching sentimentality, no anger about the world and no politics. Emotion, love and sex there are but they stop at the bedroom door. Expect no titillation here.
The target audience will be educated, well-read and have some first-hand knowledge of the world. Humour would also be helpful.