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Pipe Dreams: An Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Guy N Smith
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Guy N. Smith is a best-selling author with over 100 books to his name. Genres include: horror, mystery fiction, westerns, children's fiction and a number of non-fiction titles. He has also penned many short stories for anthologies and the legendary London Mystery Selection. In between his writing he has had a varied and interesting career, he worked in banking, was a private detective and had his own shotgun cartridge loading business before becoming the Gun Editor of 'The Countryman's Weekly'. For nearly four decades he has lived with his wife Jean in a remote area of the Shropshire/Welsh border hills. Guy has his own shooting, deer stalking and organic small holding. They have four grown up children and two grandchildren who live in various parts of the UK. This is the story of his life from childhood through to the present day and relates how he built up a successful career from those teenage Pipe Dreams.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Black Hill Books (24 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #578,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had my first story published in a local newspaper at the age of 12, followed by 55 more before I was 17. It was a good start to a writing career and I owe much of it to my mother (historical novelist E.M. Weale) who gave me every encouragement. My father, though, was insistent that I followed family tradition and went into banking.

Hence it was twenty years later before I became a full-time author and I had some catching up to do. The 1970's were a boom time for pulp fiction and I made my debut with 'Werewolf by Moonlight' (NEL 1974). It was 'Night of the Crabs', though, which really established me as a writer, virtually overnight in that memorable record, hot summer of 1976. This title was the 'No.1 beach read'. It saw numerous reprints, spawned 5 sequels along with several short stories, as well as a movie.

'Night of the Crabs' enabled me to go full-time. At the time with my wife, Jean, and our four children we were living a reasonably conventional life in Tamworth, Staffordshire. It was time to move on though, and in 1977 we moved to our present home in a remote part of the Shropshire/Welsh border hills.

I was no stranger to country life though, and the further away we were from town and traffic the better. For many years I had been writing for the 'Shooting Times' and several other sporting publications. Then in 1999 I accepted the post of Gun Editor of 'The Countryman's Weekly'. This involved 4-5 articles per week and I relished the challenge.

By this time pulp fiction was virtually out of fashion so diversification suited me, yet my readership has remained faithful to me and technology has made it all possible again with e-books. Thus my backlist is steadily returning to electronic print along with some new books. It is an exciting time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice Guy. 4 Jan. 2015
I got this one for Christmas off a good friend of mine, that like myself, shares a love for all things pulp!
And as I've been a fan of Guy N Smith for many years ~ I first came across him whilst looking at all the covers for his horror novels (I was far too young to read them!) that my brother had in his substantial book collection in the late 70s/very early 80s.. From there on, it was inevitable, that I would pick them up and start reading them someday..

Now obviously a story synopsis is a bit pointless here, seeing as this is an autobiography of the renowned British author, Pipe Smoking Champion and Countryman journalist Guy N Smith.. So instead I'll just give you a little idea as to what the book's like...

Smith's style is very matter of fact, allowing his natural humour, enthusiasm and appreciation of things to endear the reader to him. He never tries particularly hard to amuse the reader, or win them over with flashy, crowd pleasing anecdotes. Instead just rolling along with a neat humble style, which gives a brief outline of his different interests and personal history.
From the outset he maintains that he didn't really want to write an autobiography for fear of seeming egotistical, but has been badgered into it over the years by his fans (and others), along with a desire to create some form of family record.
His fans he openly invites to his house (free of charge ~ He refuses to charge them for any autographs they might want either!) for a big get together and social every year..

Themes that feature heavily are his love of hunting and respect for the British countryside.
His obvious love of writing.
His ability to turn his hand at numerous ventures whilst still maintaining a certain self discipline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read 3 Oct. 2014
By MD8177
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
.....but I would love to know why that autobiographies pulled out, perhaps it is a mystery for one of Guy's short stories !
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