One author from Aberystwyth tracked down to Bangkok

PUBLISHED: 12:03 04 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:06 06 May 2010

The book

The book

THE author of the 1book4stevenage novel is visiting the town this Saturday to discuss his book. Malcolm Pryce, who now lives in Bangkok, will be at Stevenage Central Library in Southgate from 11am where he will talk about Aberystwyth, Mon Amour and answer

THE author of the 1book4stevenage novel is visiting the town this Saturday to discuss his book.

Malcolm Pryce, who now lives in Bangkok, will be at Stevenage Central Library in Southgate from 11am where he will talk about Aberystwyth, Mon Amour and answer questions from the audience.

The Comet managed to catch up with Mr Pryce before his visit and asked him about his book.

The Comet: "Could you give our readers a few words about the book?"

Malcolm Pryce: "The main idea is to take a private detective in the hardboiled Raymond Chandler tradition and locate him in Aberystwyth."

The Comet: "What do you think about 1book4stevenage?"

MP: "Naturally as someone who writes books I approve of any scheme that encourages people to read them. As for this particular one I find the idea of a whole town reading the same book unusual and intriguing."

The Comet: "You once lived in Aberystwyth but finished the book while on a cargo ship bound for South America. Was it difficult to write about the town while being so far away?"

MP: "I think it's easier. Reality can be a bit prosaic, whereas the world of my Aberystwyth, which is more of an alternative one, one that never quite happened, is hallmarked with a touch of romance.

"If I'm in Bangkok and want to check something, I've got a guidebook to Wales published in 1926 that serves my purpose perfectly."

The Comet: "Are you looking forward to visiting Stevenage? What are your plans while you are over here?"

MP: "Yes I am looking forward to it. My plans while I am in Blighty are the usual things - seeing friends, family, editor, agent...that sort of thing."

The event is free, but tickets are needed and are available from Ottakar's and Stevenage Library. Call the library on 01438 737333 for more information.


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