on Sep. 18, 2012 :
“A Novel Approach” by Bryon Williams
Having previously read both “The Withered of Oz” and “The Twilight Escort Agency”, formerly published as two separate publications, I was keen to see “A Novel Approach”, as I thought that linking his first two books was quite ….….. a novel approach! Sorry about that – I couldn’t resist!
Part One of the book, “The Withered of Oz”, is an autobiography of the author, a former Stage and Screen actor, director, producer and script writer, and is a witty yet poignant account of the his attempts to come to terms with his much-loved wife suffering a devastating stroke, resulting in him relinquishing his career to become her full-time Carer. He relies on humour to save his sanity, and attempts to see the funny side of many of the challenges faced. This is a hilarious, sometimes profane, frequently deeply moving tale of how they deal with the curve ball that life has thrown them. He faces the challenge of his own ageing process, works out his philosophy on life and recognizes that he still craves a creative outlet, and decides to become an author! Quite a personal journey.
Part Two is his first novel – “The Twilight Escort Agency”, an exposé of retirees and life in the not-so-fast lane, on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The story revolves around an Escort Agency for the more ‘mature’ client looking for fun times and companionship, and the equally “mature” escorts! This is a very funny book full of saucy and at times bawdy humour proving getting old doesn’t mean being over it all!
So – what did I think of linking the two books? A very clever idea, as the reader is initially able to get to know the author and his sometimes eccentric and engaging sense of humour. “Withered” paints an amusing, touching and entertaining picture of the author and his decision to become a novelist, followed by the result of that decision - his first very funny attempt at fiction. Part One is basically what has been and is, and Part Two looks towards the future. Given his resilience, humour and attitude, and the quality of his other novels, I think his future looks very bright.
(review of free book)