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On This Day in July


July’s featured writer in my calendar is Ernest Hemingway with the quote:

Always do sober what
you said you’d do drunk.
That will teach you to
keep your mouth shut.

Facts you may not know:  he committed suicide in 1961, won both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, married four times, ran with bulls, went on safari, and survived several car accidents and two plane crashes.

His most famous works are


A Farewell to Arms
The Sun Also Rises
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Old Man and the Sea

‘All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.’

Notable dates in July:

  • 2nd July 1977 … Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov dies
  • 3rd July 1883 … Metamorphosis author Franz Kafka is born
  • 9th July 1951 … The Maltese Falcon author Dashiell Hammett is sentenced for refusing to testify in the McCarthy hearings
  • 11th July 1960 … To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was published.  It would be banned in several American schools
  • 16th July 1951… Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger was published.  It would be banned in several high school in both USA and Canada
  • 18th July 1817 …  Jane Austen dies
  • 20th July 1933 … Cormac McCarthy is born – No Country for Old Men author
  • 21st July 1899 … Ernest Hemingway born
  • 26th July 1894 …  Aldous Huxley born – Brave New World author
  • 31st July 1965 …  J K Rowling born – Harry Potter author


And finally, as she is to be the face of future £10 Bank of England notes, a quote from Jane Austen:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.


Sea of Ink

If any of my followers would like a paperback version of the ‘Sea of Ink’, an Anthology of Creative Writing which is being published this month, it is available from the Ink Pantry Publishing website for pre-order by lunchtime Friday 7th December.  Anyone who orders will also get a free copy of the e-book.

I was lucky enough to have a piece of prose,  ‘These Foolish Things’, selected for this publication

 ‘Sea of Ink’  is full of wonderful prose and poetry from some talented writers. Don’t miss this opportunity.