2017 Update… Writing to a Ghost became Surviving the Death Railway: A POW’s Memoir and Letters from Home and was published by Pen and Sword last June.
Threadgold Press (my baby) is now in the final throes of publishing a scholarly work by Edwin Green, Calling London: Travels by British Bankers 1904–1963. This is due in June this year – hence my poor attendance on my blog.
I did re-start work on Jeannie/Milor’ but… I know I will have to take a blog recess to make any real progress.
I really have had my eye off the ball. This is a year out of date! here is a quick update.
On December 5th 2014 I published Border Line
Border Line is a novel about eleven people who all want to quit life. They find someone on the Internet who promises to help them, but they have first to spend three weeks with him in Slovenia. To their surprise some of them learn to live again, some even to love.
I like first to write a good-read story, but I always have issues that interest me as well. In this case I wanted to look at how decent people deal with guilt. I am also a passionate advocate of the idea that we should be able to choose when we die.
I have two other writing projects still on the go.
Writing to a Ghost: Letters to the river Kwai 1941-1945 is a non-fiction project. I have access to exciting contemporary sources – letters and diaries. I also have the memoirs of the Far Eastern Prisoner of War (FEPOW) who wrote some of the letters. Perhaps even more exciting are the letters of around 70 women from all walks of life describing their experience of living without any news of their sons or husbands for three and a half years. All these sources, along with the letters from some of the men who survived, have been put together to make a chronological story of how relationships survived between the men on the Thailand-Burma railroad and their families back home.
(This book is a full draft. There are so many different voices that the layout needs a professional editor, but getting near one is proving very hard work. I am open to reshaping the project, but I would love to get this material out to interested bodies.)
Jeannie or Milor’ is a fiction project in its infancy. An enigmatic, middle-aged, female music impresario, becomes the research subject of a young man living with a spinal injury…
I am now concentrating on Writing to a Ghost.
There are three published novels, A Small Rain, Unseen Unsung and Border Line. See my website http://www.hilarycustancegreen.com