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Hi everyone,

After 20 years on my 'to do' list it finally took a global pandemic to get the first part (book) of my memoirs written: Memoirs of a 20th Century Gentleman published 8th June 2020.

Never having had anything to do with social media (clue's in the title!) or publishing I'm learning a lot very fast.  

Happy to share my work (currently available as a FREE E-book download on Prolific Works until end July), answer any questions or just say 'hi' feel free to DM me here or visit our site (link attached).

Hope everyone's having a great summer ;-)


James B. Hansom

  • Congratulations James. Your book sounds very interesting. However, to this reader, 'fictional autobiography' is something of an oxymoron. Can you explain please? Helen

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    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for your message.

      My description is a nod to 'On the Road' by Jack K.  It's not used much nowadays, he was saying that while the book was based on real events that names, places and a few timelines were changed for the story rather than a strict retelling of his history.

      Memoirs of a 20th Century Gentleman, although with a few names changed to protect the innocent, sticks pretty much to the actual events and timeline as far as I remember them.  Having said, by describing it so, I am giving myself enough leeway to play around at some point without betraying the genre description.

      Therefore I list the work in both Memoir non-fiction & literary fiction so that I have the scope to decide on the ending as I wish.  Without giving too much away, I've more or less written the ending in my head but by the time I get there in Part Five I may feel differently; after all, there's a long way to go yet!

      Also, if Memoir non-fiction works are the facts as retold from one memory, then surely every account written is from an individual perspective, and therefore could well be a very different recollection of the events, although both people were there at the time.  

      I hope this helps explain things a little more for you.

      The first book of 'Memoirs of a 20th Century Gentleman ~ Innocence' is available for free to download as a giveaway till the end of July, have a look and perhaps you'll see what I mean:


      I'm always happy to answer any questions, feel free to get in touch anytime.

      Have a great day :-)


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