I have a fontana paperback from 1973. It was a present from a friend & was the only WG that I didn't have at that time. I'd searched for it & was thrilled to receive it as a gift. It was found in a 2nd hand bookstore & pencilled in is the price $1.00.
I know I enjoyed reading the stories, but will have to reread them before saying anything here.
Has anyone read any of the stories outlined by WG in the post below... ?
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
The Japanese Girl 1973. Fontana. ISBN 000 613229 4
Stories 2 to 15 only :
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"A collection of short stories by a master craftsman" - Daily Telegraph.
"Highly versatile and traditional writing." - Guardian.
"Throughout "The Japanese Girl" there is displayed a masterly professionalism." - Sunday Telegraph.
"Real versatility in setting and background" - Sunday Times.
"These short stories span a fairly long literary life. One of them was one of the first things I ever wrote; two were written as recently as last year.
Many of them have their origins in fragments of personal experience. The title story stemmed from a chance meeting with a Japanese girl in a train to Brighton. "The Basket Chair", though written recently, derives from an unpleasant experience I had in my youth when recovering from pneumonia. "Cotty's Cove" is to be found on any large-scale map of Perranporth beach, just south of Wheal Vlow adit; though I don't believe the comb is still there. "The Cornish Farm", which was originally written for broadcasting, is not based on any existing farm, but I knew a man very like Frank Boduel. "At The Chalet Lartrec" comes of being benighted on the Bernina Pass in the first snow of winter.
The idea for three of the stories I owe to the chance conversation and reminiscences of friends. "The Old Boys" to Mr. Fred Harris, "I Had Known Sam Taylor for Years" to Mr. Maurice Goldman, "Jacka's Fight" to Mr. Gareth Johns."