Charles Chadwick was born in 1923 and is an English novelist. He was a British Council officer in Nigeria and then later worked in Kenya, Brazil, Canada and Poland. After retiring from service, he wrote many novels, which were all rejected by publishers.
But in 2004, he was offered a deal for his novel It's All Right Now. The book received positive reviews from major press outlets.
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It's All Right Now is your first novel. How long did it take to write
and what was your process? Do you feel your work would be less rich or different
in some way if you had not maintained a full career?
Beginning in the early 70s, it was written over a period of about 30 years in four installments at about eight year intervals when I began wondering what might have happened to Ripple, what people he had met, how he might have changed. I had no choice but to follow a career. Unlike Ripple's, my life was mainly overseas. We have nothing in common in background or education, nor do any of the characters bear any resemblance to people I've known in real life. The connection between life and work is one I find it very difficult to make. Literature draws as much from literature itself as from life, I think.
The structure of the book is almost a non-structure -- undisciplined but highly effective. Can you discuss how you put this book together? How did you create this informal structure -- one with very little plot -- that perfectly suits the tone and voice of the narrator?
My aim was, very simply, truth to life. Lives do not have structures or plots -- these are mythic artifices. Ripple himself has...
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