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Author Martin is a law unto himself
8:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
BROADWAY author Martin Wilson is celebrating the launch of his second book and first novel, Unbidden Guests.
He said: “The story behind Unbidden Guests is woven round some of my observations in my non-fiction title, The Little Book of Anger, which was published last year.
“The book has a range of intriguing, infuriating and comic characters.
“I have been told that it’s laugh out loud funny.
“I hope it is, as that was my intention when writing it, as well as to create a fast-moving and attention-holding plot.”
The book tells the story of Frank Grinder who has retired from practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong to live in Cheltenham with his attractive, much younger Chinese wife, Winnie.
He realises that he is bored and decides to write a book, recording the things that he finds irritating.
His attempts to do so are interrupted by the arrival of his wife’s family on holiday and the resultant trouble in which his naive nephew lands himself in.
Meanwhile, through the agency of a South African private detective, he inadvertently becomes drawn into a supposed industrial espionage conspiracy which is itself beset by mistaken identities.
A host of amusing characters in a funny book with a fast plot include an irritating and verbose vicar, a Russian botanist and a Brummie café owner whose idiosyncrasies of speech are cleverly captured.
Martin Wilson QC was for many years in practice at the Bar, specialising in criminal law, defending and prosecuting in cases of murder, fraud, corruption and other serious crimes, both in England and Hong Kong.
He has always enjoyed writing for pleasure but, for the time being at least, prefers to avoid the subject of the law.
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