Hello there, I'm Dennis Talbot, I've always loved writing for relaxation and my own amusement. It wasn't until I'd written "A Small Price to Pay, Sir", and was rapidly approaching my 70's that I plucked up enough courage to show my work to someone outside the family.
At the time I was working as a presenter on a road safety project and offered the novel to a lady work colleague; I knew I could trust her to give me an honest opinion. Her first reaction on being handed the book was,
'It's 250 pages, Dennis!'
'I want you to be brutal!' I replied.
'Oh; I can do brutal!' she grinned. A couple of weeks later she said 'It's great, I couldn't put it down; find a publisher Dennis, honestly I mean it! Is there a sequel?'
"A Small Price to Pay, Sir" reached the final of The People's Book Prize 2016. It's a humorous novel, set in the ARTDECO 1930's, that has been flatteringly likened to the wonderful Jeeves & Wooster novels of PG Wodehouse.
As a lifelong fan of Wodehouse, I suppose it was only natural for me to use a similar format for it and its two follow-up novels; "Best Foot Forward, Ellingham" & "Look Lively, Ellingham".
They all follow the life of the amiable but slightly dopey, Josh Tolson and his manservant Ellingham.
They are pure escapism; but don't we all, once in a while deserve, perhaps even need, to escape from today's hustle and bustle, to a bygone more carefree world?
Relax, pour your favourite tipple, and smile, chuckle maybe give the odd belly-laugh as Josh tells it all in his own slightly off-beat point of view.