Mad Hatter Blog #6

WHY MAD HATTER? My father was a hat manufacturer. Not hands-on. He was management, a director of his grandfather’s hat factory, entitled to sit in an office and shuffle papers, take business trips abroad, that sort of thing. But in fact he was a hands-on man. In the...

Mad Hatter Blog #5

MY FRANCOPHILE MOTHER Cynthia Hélène Cynthia Brooke, the central female character in Mad Hatter is based on my own mother, also named Cynthia. She was a Francophile who had been sent to Paris to live with a family and learn French. This period was, I believe, the...

Mad Hatter Blog #4

MAD HATTER: Internment in WW2 Britain The most readily understood wartime internment for North Americans is of the Japanese during WW2. There are films and books on the topic – Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (both book and film), Obasan, a novel by Joy...

Mad Hatter Blog #3

Mad Hatter: A writer’s reaction to The Remains of the Day In 1993 a film based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel – The Remains of the Day – was released, and soon after I saw the film for the first time. That was when I knew very little about my father or...

MAD HATTER: A Novelist’s Quest For Family And Identity

I grew up without a father. I have a photo of a tall handsome man holding me on his shoulder – I must have been one and a half, perhaps two? – but I have no memories of him. And when I was eleven he committed suicide. It meant little to me at the time. Only later, as...

MAD HATTER – Detention without trial in WW2 Britain

Feb 26th, 2019 Dear Friends and Readers, I’m starting a blog for my new novel MAD HATTER which will be published by Guernica Editions in Sept 2019. Many of you have been waiting for this. There will be regular posts on all aspects of the book, including my research...