Yes, my father’s book, his first volume of his memories … and it only takes him up to the age of eighteen!
So, why would it be that editing a book for someone else absorbed every last spare minute I had (including my own writing / editing time).
As it happens, and as he will cheerfully admit, he was never given a good formal education but has had a ‘life-education’ in a lot of areas and is self taught in many others. He is also now ninety … so that means his writing is slow and difficult. He has a tendency to write as he speaks, and for the story to ‘just come out of the pen’ as it would come out of his mouth, including running on without a full stop.
AND THEN being the favourite link between what not only had to become sentences, with full punctuation, but then also paragraphs and chapters.
Then, there were the Devon dialect terms he used, not because he knew no different, but because they were used to him and formed part of this fascinating ‘education’ he received. These all had to be checked and, in some cases, explained.
Words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into cohesive chapters with titles that form some kind of sequence of their own and … to keep it all in his words – not to change anything unless the meaning was obscure without some clarification..
This all took a lot longer than was expected … and the deadline was fixed – no fudging this one – His Ninetieth birthday!
So, this had now come and gone – and a successful ‘book launch’ made as he gave copies to the members of the family. After all – that was his only intention originally – to let future generations know ‘where they started from’ – ‘where they’d come from’.
We are rather proud of the finished article (click on the picture to read the blurb on the back) – it seems to have hit the right spot – it is in his own words – and a fairly easy to follow, great story with lots of insights into social history possibly not recorded elsewhere.
Currently the book is only available from Pendown Publishing but we are wondering whether to make it more widely accessible as those who have been reading it are reporting back as to how much they are enjoying it….
So – it’s welcome back if you have taken he trouble to read this weeks blog – and I’ll be writing again soon, completing that look at gut bacteria and starting out on something new…
And, even though I’ve been absent for so long, I still love to hear from you – so what’s on your mind 🙂