Avatar for donkeyjacket

donkeyjacket

rank: 728

Last week's position: 727

first registered 04.09.08

last online 1 hour ago

report abuse
about me

I am a lawyer - retired, thank God. My debut novel "So Sour the Grape" (part reproduced here and available through Amazon and leading booksellers, rrp £7.99) tries to portray the hopelessness of the committed alcoholic - and the helplessness of the lover, spouse or friend who believes they can walk on water, can fix it - to find that they can't ... for, seemingly, nothing can.

Writing is addictive; and my second novel, "The Mine" is somewhat different. Taking place in South Africa in 1985, when apartheid was at its height - as was the resistance to it - a black man and a white man are trapped in a mine, the sole survivors of a mining disaster. Yet it's nothing to do with mines - it's about segregation and an Africaans 'kaffir boetie's' ( a sympatiser) obligations to the child of the black man who, in the mine, saved his life and who, when he finds her, turns out to be someone more than just a child.

But black and white must be segregated in the South Africa of 1985.

favourite books

Change of Address - Lee Langley.
The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
The Bridges of Madison County - R J Waller
Border Music - R J Waller
Any thing by Hemmingway
Anything by Steinbeck
And 2 real oldies: These Lovers Fled Away - Howard Spring and 'Bonjour Tristesse' - Francoise Sagan

my websites

http://www.anthony.bavin.talktalk.net    

HarperCollins is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

my books

SO SOUR THE GRAPE

A. J. BAVIN

A love story, the association of two alcoholics - so, by definition, a tragedy. You can but pity the hopelessness of committed alcoholic..


"Tam takes the urn to a rose bed in the middle of the garden. It seems an appropriate resting place for one who had been at the middle of all their lives - someone who they had, all of them, loved and tried to help - and failed."

Michael, a dis-functional lawyer, enters a rehab clinic, where he meets Lottie, interior designer, Kensington socialite and a hardened alcoholic. Both wounded in their different ways, they prop each other up amidst the rigorous regimes of a rehabilitation clinic. A relationship develops between them, but, Montague and Capulet-like, it is a forbidden relationship - because relationships in early recovery are strongly discouraged.

Back in Kensington, living with Michael, Lottie relapses, spinning into a tragic downward spiral and leaving Michael to ask himself whether he is the one to blame for her downfall.

A tragedy - but not all doom and gloom, because the committed alcoholic has the same fatalistic sense of humour of many who are afflicted with a terminal illness.

 

THE MINE

A. J. BAVIN

The only time Steiger ever held a black man by the arm was when he needed to inflict discipline on him.


South Africa, 1985. Apartheid is rife - and so is the resistance to it. Against this background a black man and a white man find themselves trapped underground, the sole survivors of a mining disaster. The black has been blinded by the explosion and the white man is badly injured. Segregation or not, only if they can work together can they get out - but do they?

Just say that one escapes. What are the reactions of that survivor to the young daughter of the other - particularly when Apartheid segregates black from white?

Although this story starts with a mining catastrophe, it is of a greater catastrophe that I write: Apartheid - which was a disaster for both blacks and whites alike. Fiction it may be - but it is fiction woven around the framework of cruelty and oppression inflicted by white on black in an attempt to keep a strangle hold on a 'beloved country' that wasn't theirs to hold in the first place.

 

my friends

leave me a message

click here to leave a message

latest

Glacis wrote 1 day ago

Hi, donkeyjacket. Thank you so much for your comment and backing m....

Glacis wrote 2 days ago

Hi donkeyjacket. I have just read the first chapter of your book a....

J J Lawson wrote 6 days ago

Hello again and thanks for your message. Your book really does appeal....

J J Lawson wrote 10 days ago

Hi. I like the sound of your book and have added to WL. Hope to revie....

fledglingowl wrote 11 days ago

A.J. Thanks for your kind words and encouragement. Have published Th....

view all

my comments

latest

I wrote 1 day ago

Not yet backed - but on the watch list. I dearly want to see how the story is going to develop. Funny old world: 'Grape', which has sat festering at the bottom of the slush pile for yonks, seems to be taking off at last. But let's not hold our breath! It is actually a whole lot of fiction woven ... view book

I wrote 1 day ago

Therese/Vanya/Glacis - or how should I address you? Not a bad start - five days on site, I backing and 3 watch lists (four now - hoping I have the stomach for the erotica - those who can do; those who can't read about it - I am intrigued enough to W/L this.) You have a relaxed, unhurried - alm... view book

I wrote 4 days ago

Did someone say great voice and terrific pace? I'll second that. view book

I wrote 4 days ago

This is very vivid - and the fact that the English with which it is written is not that of an Englishman, makes it all the more vivid and authentic. It was easy to read - perhaps told a little bit straight from the shoulder; and I think I would have had more enjoyment from it had the action been som... view book

I wrote 51 days ago

Poppy, Did I say that I expected to discover something zany? (Zany: crazy, madcap, wacky, screwball, screwy.) It was all those and greatly entertaining to boot. Loved the title: It spoke volumes about what I was to expect – story, narrator, style all encompassed, so it was almost a short... view book

view all