‘Unaccustomed as I am’ is an entertaining set of anecdotes, short stories and parodies by local writer, Brian Quinn. The book is based on articles written for his column in ‘Penny Post’, the free community newsletter and website serving West Berkshire and North Wiltshire.
The book, which contains many references to the local area but also further afield, includes characters such as an enraged greengrocer, a sinister collector and a lonely pharmacist.
“There are,” says Brian, “twenty-six tales of confusion, misunderstanding, tragedy and farce. There’s an inept public performance, a chaotic interview and a good deed gone wrong, a murder mystery without a body, Richard IV’s map, two doses of broken glass and four famous sleuths in search of some teaspoons.”
In reviewing the book Stephen Fry writes, “A delightful collection. Thoughtful, insightful and comic with pitch-perfect parodies and short stories of real power and punch. It’s such a pleasure being in Brian Quinn’s company as he ranges thoughtfully and comically over subjects major and minor, from vivid childhood and student memories and pitch-perfect parodies of Hemingway and Shakespeare to short stories of real power and punch.”
‘Penny Post’ was founded by Brian’s partner Penny Locke 12 years ago. Brian told Marlborough.news, “I started working with Penny on ‘Penny Post’ in about 2015. I started contributing my own fiction to it in about 2017. A website is not, however, for many people the ideal way of reading anything for pleasure or anything longer than 1,000 or so words for any purpose.
Lockdown gave us, and so many others, the encouragement to come up with some new ideas.” And the book is just one of the results.
‘Unaccustomed as I am’ is available from The White Horse Bookshop
Phone: 01672 512071 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian’s column in ‘Penny Post’ can be found here