The Next Big Thing

Attention readers! We interrupt the flow of comic verse to bring you The Next Big Thing:

The wonderful Emily Dodd tagged me in her NBT blog post last week and I’m pleased to use this opportunity to tellyou all about my new book, The Last Burrah Sahibs:

What is the title of your new book?

The Last Burrah Sahibs – a memoir of a childhood in 1960s Bengal

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This book has been with me for many years, but recently the urge to tell what’s essentially an untold story became very strong and I had to start writing it.

What genre does your book fall under?

Travel and/or memoir probably best describes it, but it’s so much more than just simply “My Childhood”!

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Well, Thomas Horn to play me at eleven, and, I think, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock to play my parents.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

A warm and funny evocation of the forgotten lifestyle of the British Raj in a period forgotten by history.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The Last Burrah Sahibs has just been published by the highly innovative Steve Savage Publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Three to four months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The best comparison is E M Forster’s A Passage to India

Who or what inspired you to write this book?


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This is a really vivid book of a life that is now long-passed and would interest anyone with a yen for travel or who takes a delight in experiencing an unusual childhood.

The Writers I’m Tagging

Chancery Stone. Chancery Stone is the author of the gripping and addictive DANNY Quadrilogy, a brutal romance in the vein of Wuthering Heights and on the scale of War & Peace. Volume Three, the penultimate instalment, is out soon.

Andrew Murray Scott. Andrew is fellow Savage author and the creator of several award-winning novels and copious Scottish non-fiction.

Harry Giles. I met Harry some years ago when he was a boy reporter on an Orkney newspaper. He’s now a very accomplished poet and his pamphlet, Visa Wedding, is out soon.

Max Scratchmann. No, it’s not a typo, I’m tagging myself and my new copiously illustrated volume of comic verse, My Rubber Hebrew Nose.

Click each person’s name to find out more and discover The Next Big Thing!

The Last Burrah Sahibs

The Last Burrah Sahibs


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