A Dragon Apparent and Golden Earth established Norman Lewis as a writer of uncommonly well-written prose, who, as Cyril Connolly noted, had a remarkable gift for making even a lorry seem interesting. Both books, published in impressively short succession, were lavished with superlatives from the critics of the time. Yet neither sold especially well, and Lewis’s next few travel books followed with surprising infrequency. He completed one more in the 1950s (a collection of essays), then just two others throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, when much of his creative energy was invested in the writing of his far more lucrative novels.
It’s been quite a while since I wrote anything specifically for this site, and so in order not to allow this place to become completely redundant, I thought it best to post at least something, anything, that might motivate me to post more frequently. More often than not my not posting here can be attributed to laziness, although this time almost the opposite is true. Lately I have been very busy writing short stories, working on a comedy short and also writing journalism. Unfortunately, however, the result of trying to balance all of these projects has been that I’ve ended up with little to show for any of my work over the past couple of months. With any luck this will soon change, and in the meantime, below are several things that I have actually managed to complete since I lasted posted here. Continue reading