Everyone has a novel in them, so they say, and mine is called ‘Fifty Paces Forward’. It’s based on the spicy goings-on that enlivened the ramblers’ excursions from London in the 1960s. Some of them are from my own experience, or that of others – and OK, some are imaginary. The title comes from the command, “Gentlemen: fifty paces forward!”, issued by the walk leader when the ladies desired some privacy to relieve themselves in the bushes.
Wandering away from walking, I have in mind to produce a profile of the ‘Working Boats’ of London’s River Thames. Sure, it’s somewhat out of my usual line of work, you might think, but as a frustrated mariner it’s a subject that interests me. Likewise, a history of the Trusthouse Forte Group, which dominated the UK’s hotel industry for most of the 20th century, and with whom I spent a sizeable chunk of my working life. And, with my home borough in mind, a description of ‘Enfields of the world’!
Please email me if you would like more information about any of my projects.
The photograph shows a frustrated mariner attempting to row on the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park. © David Lewis.