Welcome to A Very British Blog Tour 2013 – a collection of blogs, books and authors who are surprisingly very British. Author Paul Anthony http://paulanthonys.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/a-very-britsh-blog.html began the tour with the help of Clive Eaton http://www.cliveeaton.com/averybritishblogtour2013.html . Many authors have now joined the tour and given their answers to the questions below.
First a note from Paul Anthony:
“We British have certain conventions, traditions and procedures that are expected. There is a dress code in the reading of this British blog and you are expected to comply with it. For example… Gentlemen will wear suits, white shirts and dark ties (military ties are expected where possible). Ladies will wear dresses (one inch above the knee, no higher, no lower) and floral summer hats. A break for tea and cucumber sandwiches is expected at some stage, and is permissible. The list at the bottom of the page is not a queue! We British hate queues, and will accept them no longer. It is an invitation, and you are expected to accept that invitation and support the home-grown product. Now then, let us proceed in an orderly fashion. As you know, we are all very boring and staid in Britain, aren’t we? Well, there’s a myth about the British and your starter for ten is stuffy, class conscious, boring, staid! But is this still relevant in today’s world? Let’s find out from our wonderful writers what they feel about it.”
I’d like to thank Rosie Amber who is my host for the tour. Please have a look at her lovely blog and see how she answered the questions. These are my answers:
The Very British Blog Tour Questions;
Q. Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Portsmouth and now live in south London, more specifically Addiscombe in Surrey, which is part of Croydon.
Q. Have you always lived and worked in Britain or are you based elsewhere at the moment?
I moved around a lot in my childhood (forces family) – Portsmouth, Dartmouth, Bath, Shaftesbury and Naples – but moved to London as a student and still live here.
Q. Which is your favourite part of Britain?
I love the sea and am also very fond of Bath.
Q. Have you “highlighted”, or “showcased”, any particular part of Britain in your books? For example, a town or city, a county, a monument or some well-known place or event?
My novel ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ is partly set in Bath but mostly in a fictional part of South London called Springfield.
Q. There is an illusion – or myth if you wish- about British people that I would like to discuss. Many see the “Brits” as having a “Stiff upper lip” is this correct?
I couldn’t possibly say.
Q. Do any of the characters in your books carry the “Stiff Upper Lip” or are they all “British Bulldog” and unique in their own way?
I think Miss Greymitt, the rehearsal pianist in ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ has a bit of a stiff upper lip. She would never complain and is an eccentric in the true English tradition. She still wears a tweed suit every day which she calls a ‘costume’.
Q. Tell us about one of your recent books.
My novel ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ is very British – quirky and understated. It tells the story of a choir rehearsing for a performance of William Walton’s ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’. King Belshazzar comes to a sticky end after an evening of blasphemy, music and feasting, and Tristan, the choir conductor also…but no, I won’t spoil the story. The libretto for Belshazzar’s Feast is terrifically colourful and dramatic (selected and arranged from the Bible by Osbert Sitwell, a true British eccentric). I have used the music as a backdrop for a pair of love stories and my peculiarly British sense of humour sends most of the characters up in ways that they all thoroughly deserve.
Q. What are you currently working on?
I am working on another musical romcom, which will probably include a murder.
Q. How do you spend your leisure time?
Reading, gossiping, playing the piano…
Q. Do you write for a local audience or a global audience?
Anyone with a passing interest in family, love or music, with a sense of humour.
Q. Can you provide links to your work?
If you are a British author and would like to take part in this tour, please take up the invitation and contact me on the form below.
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