By Auriel Roe
A composite comic novel; thirteen interconnected stories that take place over forty years. Its setting is Blindefellows, a second rate public school in the West Country
Thursday, 29 March 2018
I wondered for a while why my Amazon UK reviews have been stuck at 42 for a few weeks. Was there any significance in this 'life, the unverse and everything' number never progressing? I then looked for Douglas Adams' explanation of the significance the number had to him and felt okay...
'The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.'
On another note, today I completed novel #2! The first half is polished, the second half is a rough diamond. It's rather different from A Blindefellows Chronicle in that it is one narrative with one group of characters right through, more like the traditional novel. After 15 years on the international schools circuit, I felt I had to write a comic dystopic (new genre?) novel about what might happen to a group of teachers who find themselves setting up a school in a fictitional country on the verge of a revolution, (I was working in Egypt at the time of the revolution - I'm the one in silly sunglasses - so there were some real-life experiences to draw on). Hope you'll all be able to read it in the near future...