"Oh vanity of vanities and most envied of all things envied, even in the twilight of my darkest hour; even then, can I trust thee never to abandon me." William Forde: Xmas time: December 12th, 2013.
It takes a strange sense of reckless fearlessness to test one's truth and vanity to the very limit and on occasion to live in awe of oneself and not in spite of oneself. Remaining forever truthful and as fearless as any grain of remaining modesty will allow me to be, I now tell you of my most favourite story and the one which has given me the greatest of all pleasures ever to read.
Of all the stories I have ever read during the past 71 years, it pleases me beyond all sensibility to tell you that the one I most enjoyed (not counting the Bible and Shakespear of course), I wrote myself. It is called, 'Tales from the Allotments,' and it was read in public assembly at 'Shafton Primary School,' Barnsley, South Yorkshire on the day of its publication launch during the 1990's by the televion presenter Michael Parkinson. The artist who painted the beautiful, period cover was Robert Nixon from Denby Dale, Huddersfield.It is dedicated to my beloved,deceased father and all miners of all time.
'Tales from the Allotments' is suitable for all adult readership. It is a story about Christmas Day in the heart of a one-time thriving mining village which became a skeleton of itself after its pit was closed and the entire population of its workforce were left redundant and bereft of purpose.
It was inspired by the pit closures of the mid 1980's and the disastrous effect upon the redundant miners it left in its wake throughout Britain. My father was a miner at the Yorkshire coal face for many years and this, along with a natural love of British history of the 'working classes,' led me to pen this timeless Christmas Day story of 'hope.' Of all my writings and books, it is the one that I would choose to be most remembered for; not paricularly because it is the best written, but because it sums up everything I was, am and will ever be; it is me!
'Tales from the Allotments' has been re-published in E-book format in time for Christmas reading and can be downloaded to one's laptop in the event that you don't have a kindle or similar E-book device. It carries a nominal cost of $1 (One dollar) and all of its money from sales is given to charity, as was the entire £200,000 plus profits that sales of my books made between 1990 and 2005. To obtain, please click here. Enjoy. William Forde.