After falling from a car park roof, cartoonist Tom Hannah is left with partial amnesia and the feeling that something important is missing from his life. His journey to recovery is hampered by a growing inability to distinguish between real and imaginary events. The characters from his cartoon strip assume a grimy reality, while the lives of his family and friends appear ever more unreal. The Wrong Story is about the borderlands between memory, imagination and the real world. It is about the desire for self-determination and the obligations on a responsible creator. But mostly it’s about a man who falls off a roof and wants to know why – was it an accident, did he jump, or was he pushed?
- In 1981, I was on Radio One’s ‘Studio B15’ show and I interviewed DJ Andy Peebles and Julian Lloyd Webber.
- I play the tenor ukulele and I am studying for my grade 3 exam.
- I write a regular humorous column for Bradford on Avon’s local magazine: The Gudgeon.
- I used to draw a cartoon strip for the IT magazine, Freelance Informer.
- I lived in Holland for 10 months writing instruction manuals for radar systems.
- My grandfather’s cousin was Charlie Chaplin.
- I am a member of the International Flann O’Brien Society and in 2015 I presented an academic paper at their conference in Prague on the blurred boundaries between reality and fiction.
- I am a Real Writers prizewinner, a Carers UK prizewinner and I was highly commended in the British Fantasy Society short story awards.
- I have had a short travelogue published on my travels through Central America.
- I was an Ambassador for the Shooting Star Chase hospice charity which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
James lives near Bath and writes fiction. His first novel, The Wrong Story, was featured on Hookline’s Discover New Writers page and was published in March, 2017, by Unbound Books. He is currently editing his second novel. He has had a number of flash fiction and short stories published as well as a travelogue of his journey through Central America. James is a member of the Society of Authors and the International Flann O’Brien Society.