For the past fifteen years I have travelled around the UK giving lectures and talks to schools and different societies, the most recent to an audience via Zoom, entitled Fings Aint T’what They Used T’be. The title comes from the 1960s musical by Lionel Bart and Anthony Newley, and refers to my book, Age and the Antique Sideboard, which was published in 2017 and is full of amusing short stories about growing old, designed for an audience of +50-something and peoople who are eagerly anticipating this state … growing old. This is a sample:
I must look old.’
I have the builders in. Except that they are out, redoing my patio.
But the electric socket they are using is in.
Until they blew it … and all the electricity in the house too.
I tore downstairs as my computer – and my precious new book – Book 3 of a…
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