Simon Dewhurst


Simon Dewhurst has led an eclectic life doing many jobs. Among other things he has acted in the theatre and on film, made documentaries, sold Christmas trees door-to-door, worked as a waiter in a fish and chips restaurant, taught skiing for forty years, and driven a milk float in a film about John Lennon.

His writing was first published at the age of eleven when he won $10 for a short story published in the UK Catholic Times.

'Broken Lunch' is his first full length book. His other oeuvre is 'Secrets of Better Skiing'. His documentaries include 'The Gentleman Factory' and 'Skifun'. He has also written many internet based articles on such diverse subjects as 'crane proximity sensors' and 'solid wheelbarrow wheels'.

He is 71 and lives near Liverpool in the UK, where he writes and goes rock climbing.

Smashwords Interview

Do you finding writing difficult?
Sometimes it's hell and other times it's really easy and I can't always tell why. Just like Churchill said when he was asked the same question, I apply the seat of my pants to the seat of the chair and write - or something like that. The worst time is what he also called 'black dog' when he was overcome with depression. This only happened a couple of times with me when I stared at the screen and couldn't write a word. The second time I just wrote some awful rubbish about how I was feeling and, hey presto, the mental log jam was loosened. If I could criticise my own work, I'd say too that mileage helps - the words begin to flow far more easily as you turn the pages of Broken Lunch. The first couple of chapters after the prologue don't seem to be as, what's the word - fresh - that's it, as the rest.
What made you write this book?
Years ago I got involved with internet marketing and developing websites that needed genuine content. Sometimes I was expected to write three or four articles a day on completely crazy subjects as diverse as 'mobile phones' or 'crane proximity sensors' or 'solid wheelbarrow wheels' These had to be at least four hundred words longs and I was expected to thrash them out five days a week. What the hell do you do? Right at the start I made a decision to make them funny, say whatever was in my head, and just work on my imagination. Nobody was going to read them but they had to be genuine just in case someone did. By the end I'd churned out literally hundreds of these tightly written articles and I was quite proud of them. One of the last ones was 'personal relationships' and I went to town on my two bosses and was quite waspish and rude about them both. One had a sense of humour failure and nearly sacked me. When all that stopped I still had an itch to write and when someone said 'You've had quite a life - why don't you write about it?' and I thought 'I suppose I have' and sat down and off I went. Oh yes, and despite the irony of some of the subject matter, all the Catholic stuff, I actually won a ten shilling postal order in a writing competition when I was ten from the Catholic Times and they printed the story. I'd forgotten that! Perhaps I should squeeze it into Broken Lunch somewhere.
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Broken Lunch
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,330. Language: British English. Published: November 16, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
An intimate and fast moving memoir, sometimes side-splitting, recalling Simon Dewhurst's privileged and eccentric upbringing in an upper-class English family after the last war. He has no time for misery and self-flagellation. Instead, the narrative glides seamlessly and predictably from one hilarious disaster to the next.

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