novel by 72-year-old retired
civil servant Charles Chadwick
caused quite a ripple
pre-publication as much for the
age of the author as for the
book itself. It's All
Right Now is Chadwick's
fifth novel but his first to be
published (he received nothing
but rejection slips for the
others). When Chadwick
received the news that his novel
had received advances worth
several hundred thousand dollars
he said "I am utterly astonished
- The phrase 'beyond my wildest
dreams' has now taken on meaning
His editor at Faber (UK) said, "As a first novel it is astonishing; as the product of a lifetime's experience it becomes explicable."
During his career Chadwick's postings as a British Council official spanned London, Kenya, Brazil, Canada and Poland. He embarked on his master work while in Nigeria in 1972 after reading Joseph Heller's Something Happens.
His agent, Caroline Dawnay, has been reading It's All Right Now as the author wrote/rewrote it for more than 5 years before it was presented to publishers. Speaking of Dawnay, a grateful Chadwick says, "One is conscious of having been rescued from oblivion by Caroline, especially if one is getting on a bit in years - and especially if the whole novel is so big."
This article was originally published in August 2005, and has been updated for the
July 2006 paperback release.
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