Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I am pleased, well, more than pleased honoured to be taking part in the blog tour for Some Old Bloke by Robert Llewellyn with a guest post courtesy of Robert himself.
Robert Llewelyn was the original presenter of Scrapheap Challenge and, of course, he is also Kryten from Red Dwarf. He has done many other things but I mention those two specifically as back in the day I used to watch Scrapheap Challenge and I have always been a massive fan of Red Dwarf too.
My thanks to Anne Cater for the tour invite, Unbound and Robert Llewellyn.
For the past 8 years I have been occasionally writing essays reflecting on various periods of my life. From early childhood memories to more recent events. I suppose somewhere in the back of my mind I was considering collecting and editing these short form pieces into some kind of book, but there was nothing definite and I wasn’t in a rush,
I was busy writing science fiction, my three previous novels, all published through Unbound, were I now realise Cli-Fi, fantasy projections about how the world might turn out in 200 years. I loved writing them, some people have even loved reading them. Extraordinary.
After a suitable break I started working on a novel set in the near future, somewhere around 2080, focussed on a man the same age as I’d been in 1980. Living in mega-city London which by then covered the entire south east of England.
My whole drive was to write about futures that could be slightly, incrementally better than today, as that is, barring the odd flag waving nationalist or religious fundamentalist, the global trajectory we’re on. But it was not to be.
In my Unbound re-pitch for Some Old Bloke, I blamed the failure of the original book, ‘Josh Joshi and the Great Divide’ book on Trump and Brexit, not entirely unreasonable but on reflection the problems went far deeper. The shift around the world toward extreme right-wing nationalism goes far beyond our borders and will have reverberations far beyond my lifetime.
‘Josh Joshi and the Great Divide’ had simply read the wrong tea leaves, it felt irrelevant and more than a little tragic.
And now ‘Some Old Bloke’ has become a reality, I’m very grateful. I have been very lucky in life, not due to fame or fortune, I’ve had the occasional taste of both but only for a couple of weeks here and there, but due more to diversity of experience and living through a historic period of human history.
Okay, my toes curl up a little at seeing a book cover with my ugly old mug on the cover, this was never something I craved for, but I think it’ll be an interesting, possibly revealing and hopefully entertaining read.
Some Old Bloke.
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Unbound (1 Nov. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783526025
- ISBN-13: 978-1783526024
- Amazon UK / Amazon US / Book Depository
When writer, comedian and Red Dwarf actor Robert Llewellyn’s son scrawled a picture of him at Christmas and titled it ‘Some Old Bloke’, Robert was cast deep into thought about life and what it means to be a bloke and an old one at that.
In this lighthearted, revealing and occasionally philosophical autobiography, we take a meandering route through Robert’s life and career: from the sensitive young boy at odds with his ex-military father, through his stint as a hippy and his years of arrested development in the world of fringe comedy, all the way up to the full-body medicals and hard-earned insights of middle age.
Whether he is waxing lyrical about fresh laundry, making an impassioned case for the importance of alternative energy or recounting a detailed history of the dogs in his life, Robert presents a refreshingly open and un-cynical look at the world at large and, of course, the joys of being a bloke.
About Robert Llewellyn.
Robert Llewellyn is an actor, novelist, screenwriter,comedian and TV presenter, best known for RedDwarf, Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool and FullyCharged. He drives an electric car and writes under arack of solar panels in Gloucestershire.
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