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Tony Whelpton

I am an English novelist, and not one of the youngest you'll find around, although I'm both physically and mentally a lot younger than my Birth Certificate shows, and I live in Cheltenham, in the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of the South-West of England. In an earlier existence which seems to be a lifetime ago, I taught French in a university, and for many years I wrote books  designed to help people who were trying to learn French - many published through a company called TD Publications which I founded myself. I closed that business in 2008 when I was 75, thinking that it was time to retire and lead a quiet life. But then I started writing fiction and suddenly realised that this is what I should have started doing long ago, and here I am, six years later, with three successful novels to my name and still actively writing! The first, Before the Swallow Dares, was published in 2012, the second, The Heat of the Kitchen, came out in 2013, and they were followed by the most recent, Billy's War, in 2014. If you didn't believe what was said above about being younger than my years, three novels in just over two years ought to convince you!
Tony Whelpton has written 3 posts for The Literary Lounge

A new (French) review of The Heat of the Kitchen

As you probably know, The Heat of the Kitchen is a story about a little town in Provence which only exists in my imagination, so I find it particularly interesting when French people pass comments on it. I received recently a review from a very old friend indeed. His name is Michel Rabinovitch, and he … Continue reading

Some thoughts on literary style – 2

Many years ago, shortly after my career as an academic began, one of my undergraduate students asked me “What is literary style? And in particular, what is ‘good’style?” The other students responded with laughter, which reminded me of two incidents from my own undergraduate days: once when my genuine but apparently naive question was greeted … Continue reading

Some thoughts on literary style – 1

When, shortly after completing my first novel, I began submitting it to agents and publishers, there were invariably two questions which I was required to answer and which I found incredibly difficult. The first of these involved saying which established writer’s output most resembled. I could see the reason for the question being posed, because … Continue reading

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