Regular followers will have realised I have a new book out: ‘Story of a Country Boy.’ Although this was written a while ago, I hesitated in releasing it, as it’s very different from my previous publications, which were mainly romance or fantasy, and suitable for every age group.
Story of a Country Boy US link
Story of a Country Boy UK link
Although not strictly a true story, ‘Country Boy’ is based on a conglomeration of people, facts and events, and is historically accurate. They say that time passes more quickly as you grow older, but it is amazing to think that the era when I was growing up was over half a century ago. Places, attitudes, technology, even language, have undergone drastic developments, not always for the better, and a younger reader might find certain elements difficult to comprehend.
The story starts off in Malta, a country I first visited in my early 20s, and I have watched it change from a sleepy, island backwater to a small but modern country, attractive to the tourist industry. Let me give you an example. Many years ago, I was in the capital, Valletta, with a Maltese family and needed the toilet. On one corner was a stone building which was obviously the Gents, so I assumed the Ladies would be close by, only to be told there wasn’t one. The reason was that women, unless they were visiting a relative, wouldn’t be out, and certainly not at night.
The widely accepted attitudes of the time do help to explain how TJ, the main character in my book, reacted to the lack of restrictions and totally different outlook when he arrived in Soho. Nature or nurture? You decide.
The book does not fit neatly into any particular category, so it’s difficult to decide who would be the target market, although if you happen to be wandering around what’s left of the seedier side of London you might come across some flyers. 😀
© Voinks March 2019
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Next week will be back to short stories. Thanks for visiting.