well as being The Geriatric DJ I am also Max Robinson the
writer. With my radio work and community activities I
am not writing as much as I used to. It's not so much the
writing, the actual creating that's the problem - I can
scribble away any time I have a few minutes between
activity, it's the typing up and editing I find a drag. A
drag and if I am honest boring.
I am thinking that by adding this page to
the website it may give me a kick up the backside to start
My books are published on Amazon, mainly
in e-book format. To put a book into traditional format is
quite a long and complicated process.
My book THE BRIDGE
HOUSE is available in both e-book and paper format.
I think this is my best work so far but I did make a big
mistake in the way I presented it for publication.
I illustrated it. That put the price up on Amazon to a level
where very few people buy it. In e-book format it costs
£1.49 and in paperback a staggering £18.72 ! Yes,
there are Amazon millionaires but I am not and never will be
one of that elite. Quite simply I do not have the time to
promote my work. If anyone wants to take on that task I will
split the royalties 50/50 with you. Serioysly.
The Bridge House is a story telling of the life and times of
my paternal grandmother, Lilly. She was born in 1890 and
died in 1994. The Bridge House was the name of the home she
was born in and grew up in. The image I have used for the
not The Bridge House, it is a print my grandmother always
proudly had on display in her home, she inherited it from
her mother-in-law so it would date back to the mid
That's my Nan on the
left, the photograph probably taken round about 1907 or
The times in which my Nan lived,
times I take the reader through are 100% true but everything
is wrapped in an author's imagination. The story begins on
the day Queen Victoria died, Nan was 11 years old, and ends
when the first Ashford Girl, my daughter Rebekah, to be born
in one hundred years joins our family.
book is a love story spanning more than seventy years. I
have two central characters in the book - My Nan and the
fictional Lord Henry Earl of Wilton. Who the picture is, the
picture I have used for Lord Henry, I have no idea. I
purchased it from an antiques stall somewhere in Devon. The
love story twists and turns, the reader never quite knowing
where it is going and what will happen next. Without giving
too much away it ends in a typical Max Robinson style
leaving the reader saying Oh ! Now it all makes
When I get going I can write a book in just a few weeks but
The Bridge House took me more than a year to complete.
Music comes into all of my stories, of course it does I am
The Geriatric DJ of course. Within my YouTube Channel there
is a playlist of ten songs which feature in the book.
is my Nan as I remember her. On the right is Nan as a Canary
Girl munitions worker in World War One.
She's the one on the right, with her is her younger sister
Galdys always known as Auntie Glad.
not sure Nan would actually approve of the story The Bridge
House, Nan was a formidable lady and the matriarch of our
family - you did not argue with her. She would not have
approved of the story plot leading her towards becoming
Countess of Wilton.
Among the songs included in the story is
Vera Lynn's A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. Read the
story and find out the significance.
So can I invite you to speculate £1.49
and read THE BRIDGE
HOUSE. If you do then I hope you really enjoy