Spotlight Sunday – George Mahood



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Alan Parks:

Good morning and welcome to Spotlight Sunday. We are very lucky that George Mahood has agreed to don his Union Jack underpants once again today and answer all your questions!! George is the author of Free Country, one of our header memoirs. Go on, ask him something….

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  Good morning George – I must confess I have not read Free Country yet – it is high up on my Kindle list. What year did you do your trip?

Joy Hughes:  Sorry George, it’s good night from me . . . will catch up on all the questions and responses in the morning (Monday). I am curious though about the original of your surname, just because I am something of a nosey parker and interested in genealogy. Thanks in anticipation of your answer.

Alison Teeshirts: To George. Love the happy face and the birthday hat! A book I’ve yet to add to the kindle list!

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  LOL – would like to know the story behind the ‘happy face’ and the hat.

George Mahood:  Hi everyone. Thanks so much for inviting me! I’ve just got back from playing football. Going to go and have a very quick shower because you don’t want me sitting here stinking all day. Plus my hands are so cold I can’t type very well. Back in 10!

–Right! My hands are defrosted. I’ve tea and toast and I’m good to go.

–Hi Anne Wine O’clock Durrant We did the trip way back in September 2006. Wrote most of the book the following year. Then had a frustrating few years trying (and failing) to get published. Then sort of left it for a few years before deciding to self-publish in May 2012.

Susan Joyce:  Good morning George from Uruguay. Hopefully your shower has warmed your hands enough to use the keyboard. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading your book yet, but it sounds like great fun from the reviews I’ve read. Brilliant idea being dependent on the generosity of people. Yes, I’m also curious about the cover, the Union Jack boxer shorts, etc.

George Mahood:  Sleep well Joy Hughes. I’ll be about all day so probably still here when you wake up ig you have any questions

Alan Parks:  Did you win?

George Mahood:  The story of the hat…. My wife is a teacher and the children have to wear that on their birthdays. She made me wear it on my birthday. I’m not a big fan of birthdays though – as you probably gathered from the pic

–Sorry Joy Hughes – missed your question. Mahood is actually an irish name (most people assume it’s Indian or Middle-eastern). It means ‘maker of hoods’!

–Susan Joyce that’s how we started our trip. Dressed only in the boxer shorts and nothing else. The book cover photo was taken more recently though in Northamptonshire. It was about -2C

–Alan Parks we drew 3-3! Good game.

Susan Joyce:  Were there people along the way who weren’t generous?

Sue Clamp:  What gave you the idea of doing the trip in the first place?

George Mahood:   Hi Susan Joyce. Very few, to be honest. And on those occasions that they were it was normally because they genuinely weren’t able to, because of financial reasons etc. And on one occasion a guy was very rude to us, but that was because Ben (my travelling companion) was asking for a free bottle of water – which was something we didn’t NEED. Also, we met a grumpy Vicar in Scotland but everyone else was awesome. People assume that I left out a lot of the negativity in the book, but it’s all there.

Susan Joyce:  That speaks highly of the best of humanity.

George Mahood:  Hi Sue Clamp. The idea behind the trip? Too much beer at the pub, as usual. We both felt that there is so much doom and gloom in the media about the state of Britain, and we believed that it’s full of great people so devised a challenge to set out to prove it. We also both wanted to do the Lands’ End to John O’Groats trip so the two just sort of merged together.

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  I always find most people are helpful if you approach them with a smile and a friendly persona – ie a little bit of cheek.

Sue Clamp:  I did wonder if there was alcohol or a bet that you couldn’t/wouldn’t do it behind the story!

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  LOL all good ideas start out with alcohol!

Susan Joyce:  Were you unemployed at the time?

George Mahood:  Exactly, Anne. A smile goes a long way!

–Sue Clamp I’ve had plenty of discussions and made stupid bets after too much alcohol. Most of which never come to fruition. Thankfully this one did!

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  Are you a full time author now – or do you have a proper job?

George Mahood:  Susan Joyce I was was ‘self-employed’ at the time. I was just starting out as a photographer and had very little work on. I was doing bits of temporary work between photography jobs so it was nice and easy to be able to take 3 weeks off ‘work’

Susan Joyce:  Only three weeks? That’s amazing.

George Mahood:  I would love to be a full time author Anne, but unfortunately not. My other job is a photographer – mostly weddings.

Tim John:  Hi George, the book looks great. I’ve often been “Self-unemployed”, so I think it’s going to resonate. Minus 2 degrees in Boxers?! That’s taking bracing to the limits. What was your favourite part of the journey?

George Mahood:  We had to finish it in three weeks as Ben had a commitment to get back to and I didn’t think my wife would be too pleased if I was gone much longer. We did it in 18.5 days in the end.

–Hi Tim John. So many highlights to chose from. The night before the Newent Onion Fayre was pretty amazing. We had to cook a barbecue for about 30 old people in a dark field and then got to watch the Severn Bore (anyone not familiar with the Severn bore – it’s a big tidal surge that flows up-river, several miles inland).

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  We have a bore in Lincolnshire too – The Trent Bore!

Durrant  River Trent’s tidal bore (The Aegir) April 9th 2012.

Tim John:  Sounds cool. I’m originally from Bath, and always wanted to see the Severn Bore. Was anyone trying to surf it? I can’t find it to post right now, but there’s a hilarious video of a Bristol bus-driver trying his own version of doing an Evil Knievel trying to leap a local river, (more like a stream) – but the ramp collapses as soon as the bus touches it.

George Mahood:  The Trent Bore looks pretty impressive Anne!

–Ha, that sounds great Tim John. I’ll have to try and find that. No there was nobody surfing when we saw (it was supposedly the biggest in 25 years. It was carrying all sorts of tree trunks and debris though.

Susan Joyce:  Were you interviewed and filmed along the way?

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  Have you ever thought about doing a similar trip on the East coast?

George Mahood:  Hi Susan Joyce Not by any press or media, no. We didn’t want it to turn into a news story in anyway as then people might be aware of us being in their area and it would have influenced people’s generosity.

— A friend of mine and his wife did try to make a documentary about the trip, and then travelled completely independently and meet up with us a few times each day and did some covert filming and then interviewed people after a good deed had been done.

Susan Joyce:  It would be fun to see their documentary. Is it available?

George Mahood:  Anne I think if we ever did another trip with the same format, we would do it in a different country. I sort of feel like I couldn’t ever replicate Free Country again in the UK, and the only way to get a brand new, unique, and probably tougher experience would be to go to another country.

–Susan Joyce no. It’s still lying around unedited. After the trip my friend and his wife got sidetracked with real work, and it’s not really been touched ever since. Maybe one day someone will be able to go through it and put together a little documentary from their footage.

Susan Joyce:  Are you working on another book?

George Mahood:  Susan Joyce – yes I am. My second book will (hopefully) be out by this time next week. It’s being beta-read by a few people at the moment, and I just need to work on a few things such as the start, the ending and the big bit in between. Then there’s the cover and the synopsis and the formatting. But other than that, it’s sorted!

Susan Joyce:  Congratulations! What’s it about? Who does your beta reading for you?

George Mahood:  My book is a bit hard to explain (that’s not a good start, is it?). It’s called Every Day is a Holiday and is a non-fiction memoir type thing involving me celebrating all of the official quirky holidays that are assigned to each day. For example – today is Groundhog Day.

–Susan Joyce My wife did all the beta reading for Free Country. My new book is being read by my wife, and a few really helpful people from a Beta readers group that Victoria Twead set up. Such a great idea.

Susan Joyce:  Sounds fun! Is it also a humorous book?

George Mahood:  Susan Joyce I hope so, but some people might think otherwise

Susan Joyce:  One man’s floor is another man’s ceiling. Always amazes me how humorless some people are. I can’t imagine living in this screwed up world without a sense of humor.

George Mahood:  It would be pretty depressing, that’s for sure.

Victoria Twead:  George, did you keep a journal and make notes on the journey? I suspect not as your boxer shorts probably didn’t have pockets…

George Mahood:  Hi Victoria Twead. Yes I did keep a brief journal, which is what formed the basis of the book. I also took my camera with me as I wanted to keep a photographic record of all of the nice people we met along the way. A notepad, pen, , camera and some ‘officially very nice person’ postcards were the only permitted items and these were purely for us to document the trip, and could not be used to gain us any advantage.

–Here is a link to some of the OFFICIALLY very nice people photographs… By: FREE COUNTRY – George Mahood

NicePerson OFFICIALLY Very Nice People

Susan Joyce:  This site is wonderful to see. Happy faces of caring people. Great photos! I can see why you are a photographer. Congratulations on capturing their nice human essence. I’ve liked them all.

Julie Haigh:  To everyone who’s not read it yet Free Country is fantastic! The question I was going to ask already has been- re a new book-so I’m really looking forward to that. I would like another book where you do some sort of challenge again-do you think you might think something up and do another journal of that?

George Mahood:  Hi Julie Haigh. Thanks for the kind words! I will definitely be doing some sort of challenge again, and I would LOVE to do another penniless style trip at some point. Ben and I have talked about in and he is really keen too. Hopefully at some point in the next few years we’ll be able to sort something out. We quite like the idea of trying it across the USA. ‘Free Country, USA – The Land of the Free.’

–Thanks Susan Joyce. Glad you like them, and thanks for ‘liking’ them

Julie Haigh:  Brilliant I will look forward to that! Free country USA, good idea.


Michael Kerley:  I think I recall someone else who did that in the not too distant past…..but then I can’t trust my memory….too much Pinot Noir!

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  I have just been to look at your photos – they are amazing – hope they enhance my reading of Free Country.

George Mahood:  Hi Michael Kerley. Across America? Yes, possibly. Travelling without money is certainly not a new concept. Mike McIntyre wrote a book about a penniless trip in America. But I don’t think he was cycling. I haven’t read his yet though.…/dp/B004183KI6/ref=sr_1_2…

Michael Kerley:  Good! I’m glad I wasn’t hallucinating!

George Mahood:  I’m glad I included the photos Anne. Unfortunately they are quite small in the kindle version (amazon charges a ‘delivery cost’ for the kindle file, depending on the size of the file) but they are nice and big, and in colour on facebook at least.

Janet Hughes George, today is National Yorkshire Pudding Day did you know.

–Hi Janet Hughes. Yes I did! I think I might have to make some later. Yorkshire Puddings are right up there with my all time favourite foods.

Colleen Davis:  I loved your book. It actually got me started reading more memoirs. I am amazed at the journeys people take in their lives. I look forward to your new book.

Janet Hughes:  And of course National Ground Hog Day in the USA

George Mahood:  Thanks very much Colleen! I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

Colleen Davis:  I just wonder how you’ll beat the catchy cover you had on that book.

George Mahood:  Yes, Janet. And unfortunately Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow earlier today, which means there is going to be another SIX weeks of winter….

–Ha ha! I’m working on the cover of my new one at this very moment, Colleen. It’s not going to be as good as the other, but I’ll see what I can do.

Colleen Davis:  Be sure to let this group know when the new book is available. If the new cover isn’t as good, I’ll just have to pull up the old one for a laugh. Best of luck to you!

George Mahood:  I wouldn’t want to break the one and only rule of WLM with a self-promotional announcement when my new book is out. I don’t want to find myself on the naughty step. But hopefully someone else might post on my my behalf

I’ll mention it over on though FREE COUNTRY.

–It’s great being exempt from the WLM rule for one day only. I feel like I should take advantage of it a bit more and squeeze in another self-promotional post.

Hey, feel free to follow me on twitter too if you’re on it I’m

Victoria Twead:  Don’t worry, George Mahood, we’ll be sure to announce it here.

George Mahood:  Thank you, Victoria!

Terry Bryan:  My housemate has read your book…she loved it…I’ve got to wait until I forget all she told me before I read it…we had good laughs over it. Thanks for the enjoyment!

George Mahood:  Ha ha, thanks Terry. I like that idea. How long will you have to wait? Shall i provide you with a monthly test and once you get all of the answers wrong then you’re allowed to read it?

Susan Joyce:  George, are you still hangin’ out? I have a question.

Terry Bryan:  I’m old, George…it won’t take long.

George Mahood:  Fire away, Susan! I’ll be around all day.

Susan Joyce:  Was becoming a photographer or writer a childhood dream?

George Mahood Great question, Susan! No, not really. I used to always love creative writing when I was at school, but then I studied English literature for A-level and then again as part of my degree and, if anything, it put me off reading and writing.

I always thought it would be amazing to write a book, but didn’t think I would have the creativity to write a fiction book. It wasn’t until after doing our Land’s End to John O’Groats trip that I thought I would give non-fiction a try.

–As for being a photographer, I used to enjoy taking photos as a child, but only as a hobby. I then got into photography at university but still never considered it a viable career choice. It wasn’t until many years later after doing lots of other jobs that I didn’t like, that I thought I would try making a career from something that I DID enjoy.

–Finally changed my profile pic. I didn’t realise I’d had that horrible sand photo for over 2.5 years.

Cherry Gregory:  Just had a look at your photos, George. Very good! Love the Scottish piper! Have you ever thought of writing fiction?

Susan Joyce:  Your new pic is fun. I thought the sand was for Mr. Sandman to bring you creative dreams. BTW, studies show that whatever one enjoys doing (plays with doing) ages 8-12 is what one will likely be successful in as a career. I had dyslexia as a child and wasn’t clearly understood when I spoke. My mom was a great and patient teacher who helped me learn how to spell and speak words (Phonemic Awareness). I became so fascinated with words that I started writing stories way back then.

Lisa Santoyo Slayton:  Hi George, your book has got to be my favorite book I’ve ever read! I was wondering, how did you and Ben avoid saddle sores without a proper cycling kit?

George Mahood:  Hi Cherry Gregory. I would love to give fiction a try one day. I think I need to become a better writer first. Oh, and think of a story to write!

Janet Givens:  Oh dear. I’ve come late to the party. You all are having such a good time and here I am, off by the wall, sipping my punch. (Insert pleasant smile here). I keep trying to read the previous posts so I don’t go duplicating anything, but then a new one comes in. Sigh.

George Mahood:  Wow, that’s lovely Susan. My mum and Dad always encouraged us to tell stories but they both had ‘traditional’ jobs (teacher and doctor) so I didn’t ever think that writer counted as a real job.

Alison Teeshirts:  That profile pic is far too human!

George Mahood:  Hi Lisa Santoyo Slayton. What an accolade! Thanks so much.

How did we avoid saddle sores? We didn’t! It was particularly painful pretty much the entire way. Especially wearing the woolen suit trousers for 11 days, or however long it was.

–Hi Janet Givens. Don’t be scared! Don’t worry about reposting a question that’s already been asked. I know it’s hard to read through the entire thing.

–I agree Alison Teeshirts. Maybe I’ll change it back!

Cherry Gregory:  How long did it take you to write Free Country?

George Mahood:  I wrote the first half (ish) in the six months soon after we got back. Then I focussed on sending out to literary agents. I managed to get an agent and we had a bit of interest from publishers. We even went for a meeting with a commissioning editor at Harper Collins, which went really well. They liked it and discussed it for several months before rejecting me. I then spent another few months finishing the manuscript before trying again to get published. Then I left the whole thing for a few years, before returning to it and giving it a re-edit before self-publishing. So, to answer your question Cherry Gregory 5 years, on and off!

Janet Givens:  Well, that’s never happened before. I put out my first friendly smile and the whole ceiling in the gym falls in — i.e., my Internet went down. That’s a first for me. All is well. I’m glad you changed your photo, George. I had you pegged as a 60ish fella. MY picture is almost 10 years old. It’s on my To Do list for this year. So, a question for you. . . . Tell me when you FIRST decided to write it? Before you left. during, only after?

Cherry Gregory:  It’s been a long hard haul for you, George (not counting the actual journey you did!) and disappointing to get rejected from Harper Collins when they were initially so interested and positive. Funny old world publishing, isn’t it!

George Mahood:  Welcome back Janet Givens. Very good question. I’m not entirely sure, if I’m honest. Writing a book was never a motivation for doing the trip, but I guess I probably always thought I would give it a go afterwards, even if it was only as a record of the trip for me to keep.

–I didn’t really think about it at all during the trip as we had more important things to think about! It wasn’t really until afterwards when I realised what an amazing experience we’d had that I decided I wanted to share it with other people.

Lynn Stephens: Anyone that’s not read Free Country must read it. It’s brilliant, and it’s one of the reason’s I’m here I. This group of course. Can’t be bad.

Janet Givens:  It’s on my list. For sure.

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  Love the new profile photo – the sand was hiding the fact that you are a bit of a hunk

George Mahood:  Yeah, my whole experience with the publishing industry was fairly depressing Cherry Gregory. I didn’t mind the rejection letters. It was the positive replies that were most difficult (especially Harper Collins) where they would sit on it for months without saying yes or no. So glad it happened as it did, to be honest, as self-publishing has been absolutely brilliant fun.

–Thanks Lynn Stephens! Your cheque is in the post

–Ha ha Anne Wine O’clock Durrant. Have you been on the wine already? I think your vision is blurred.

Janet Givens:  George, Was this your first memoir? I know folks have asked about sequels. I’m wondering about your learning curve? Your process. How did you learn to write memoir, or did it just pop out of you like magic? (In which case, I’m quite envious).

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  Not a drop has passed my lips today…….yet!

Janet Givens:  I just learned this is our last day of sun for the next week. rains are coming. So, i’m out of here to the beach for lunch. I’ll be back after lunch. Kind of a flip of the old “eat and run” huh?

George Mahood:  Yes, this was my first memoir Janet. First experience of writing a book of any sort. I was lucky in that I had a ready-made story, and all I needed to do was write it.

As for ‘popping out like magic’… I wish. More like dragged out screaming..

–Get out and enjoy the beach. Janet Givens. I’m well jell, as the cool kids say. Probably.

Cherry Gregory:  What sort of books do you like to read, George? Any that have particularly inspired you?

George Mahood:  I wasn’t actually much of a reader before I wrote a book (maybe 2-3 books a year), and they tended to be mostly fiction. I liked authors such as Ian McEwan, Kite Runner (can’t remember author), Life of Pi, that sort of thing.

–Since writing a book I’ve read loads (I know I went about that in the wrong order, but oh well). Mostly non-fiction these days. Lots of memoirs and humorous travelogues. I was particularly inspired by both of Alistair Humphrey’s round-the-world cycling books. Beautifully written and an incredible feat. Not inspired enough to actually try something similar, though!

–I’ve owned a kindle for 18 months and have probably read more books since owning it than in the rest of my life combined.

Susan Joyce:  My kind of books.

Cherry Gregory:  I’ve only recently started reading a lot of memoirs (after joining this group) but I am really enjoying them and am in awe of some of the journeys that people make. That’s the beauty of them…you can travel alongside the writer while remaining in the comfort of your home!

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  I too have only read memoirs since joining this group

Linda Kovic-Skow:  Wow! Great interview George Mahood. I agree with Anne Wine O’clock Durrant, your new picture is great! My husband just started your book and I’ll be next in line (working on my sequel and I have very little time for reading until later this year).Can you tell us a bit about your personal life? Where did you grow up? How many in your family? Do you have children of your own? What about pets? Whew! That should do it:

Olivia Sams:  Great interview George Mahood – best wishes on your new book!

George Mahood:  Hi Linda. I hope your husband enjoys it!

I was born in Sheffield, England but my family moved from there to Northampton (right in the middle of England) when I was two. I spent all of my life there, apart from 3 years at university in Leeds, and a few different spells travelling. We moved to Devon in August last year.

–I’ve been married for 9 years and have three young children (ages 6, 4 and 2) and a couple of cats.

–Thanks Olivia.

Cherry Gregory:  Children 6, 4 and 2…you have your hands full.

Terry Bryan:  Do y’all camp out and/ ride bikes now?

George Mahood:  Yes, we sure do Cherry! We’re done at three now, so we can get on with being a family now.

–They are all really into their bikes (even Kitty our two-year old on her little balance bike). Hopefully going to do lots of camping when it gets a little warmer here.

Cherry Gregory:  Sounds wonderful , George (and I love the name Kitty.)

Linda Kovic-Skow:  Thanks for your response George Mahood It’s always nice to get to know the whole person. Three kids – that’s wonderful. BTW, I just retweeted your tweet about you being number 1 in the category of Cycling on January 27th on Amazon. That’s hilarious!

George Mahood:  My wife’s grandma from Ireland was called Katherine, but known to everyone as Kitty so she’s named after her. My other two are Layla (6) and Leo (4) – neither named after anyone in particular.

Cherry Gregory:  All lovely names! Good choices!

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  We are coming down to Devon in July, my friend lives in Paignton and hoping to meet Henry while we are there. Which part of Devon do you live in?

George Mahood:  Haha, thanks Linda. Cycling is unfortunately not a very popular category. I’ve slipped back to number two now anyway.

–South Devon, near a town called Kingsbridge. About 30-40 mins from Paignton.

–Here are three interesting (you may disagree) facts about me, that you didn’t already know….

–I have been told off by Professor Stephen Hawking.
–I was once pictured in Hello magazine.
–The footballing legend John Barnes has kissed my feet …..

Terry Bryan:  Talk more about that foot kissing, please.

George Mahood: Ah, the foot kissing story, Terry Bryan. Well, my mum was a charity fundraiser for Mairie Curie Cancer Care for many years and organised an event which had loads of famous footballers as guests (she knew a sports photographer who had lots of contacts) Anyway, I was volunteering at the event as a helper (age 19-ish I think) and it was very late in the evening and they were all very drunk. The entertainment act then needed a volunteer to come on stage and I was pushed forward. As part of the act (I don’t really understand why) – all of these footballers had to pretend I was some sort of deity and worship me. Terry Venables, Phil Neal, Ian Rush plus loads of others and then John Barnes started drunkenly kissing my feet for some reason. I was then made to crowd-surf on top of them all. It was very, very surreal.

–Got to go and help put the kids to bed. Back in half an hour or so. Feel free to ask questions in the meantime.

Lisa Santoyo Slayton:  I want to hear the story about Stephen Hawking!

Terry Bryan:  I could believe being told off by Hawking more than a football player kissing a guys feet! Now it makes sense…just add beer-or ale.

Frank Kusy:  Great interview George, esp the foot kissing story, lol. One question for you mate, how did you cope with the numpty who said they loved your book and then one-starred it? That’s the weirdest review I ever seen!

Joy Hughes:  Morning time in NZ and Hubby away to work so time to read all the posts . . . so glad George is busy while I have been trying to cache up on all the reading.While I love NZ, sometimes on WLM it is frustrating (but fun) trying to keep in touch with all the chatterboxes. Problem is some days I begin work early so do not get back to WLM for nearly 20 hours! George, thank you for answering my question at the top. At this stage I think others have covered what has aroused my curiosity. Thanks for being available and allowing us all to know you just a little better than before. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go!

George Mahood:  The Stephen Hawking story Lisa… I was photographing an event for The Motor Neurone Disease Association and he was the guest of honour. MND had asked me to get lots of shots of him, so I was snapping away. He then wrote into his computer that my flash was interfering with his voice software and that I needed to stop, so I did.
I later find out that my camera flash had no effect whatsoever on his computer and that he just didn’t like me much.

–Hi Frank. That one star review was a bit annoying to start with, but once I realised Amazon weren’t going to do anything about it, it didn’t bother me too much. As far as 1-star reviews go it’s a pretty good one!

–Here is the review Frank is referring to……/R1FC0VON…/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm…

Cherry Gregory:  That’s the weirdest one-star review I’ve ever seen!

Janet Givens:  I’m thinking seriously of never reading any reviews, once my book comes out. Good or bad. I’ll get my book out there, do my Sunday Q&A for Victoria (looking forward to that), work my book tour, sell my book, write another one, but somehow never have time to peruse the reviews on Amazon and (especially) Goodreads. What think thee of this?

George Mahood:  Reviews are the best bit about publishing a book ! The first few bad ones do hurt a bit but as soon as you realise that not everyone is going to like your book then the bad ones aren’t a problem. I love reading reviews!

Cherry Gregory:  I agree about the reviews, George. And some critical reviews can be useful.

Janet Givens:  Hmmm. Well, as I said, “I’m thinking…”

George Mahood  Trust me, Janet, you won’t be able to stop yourself. It becomes an addiction. I check every 10 mins. Actually, that’s an exaggeration. Every 15 mins.

Janet Givens:  That’s one good reason for the Don’T Read ‘Em column.

Frank Kusy:  Yeah me too mate, sometimes the reviews are more entertaining than anything I could write And talking of books, what’s your fave book, and why?

Janet Givens:  George, thanks for an entertaining afternoon (before and after the beach). I’ve still got to put in my three hours of writing. tty all later

Susan Joyce:  George, I also need to sign off for the evening. Great conversations today. Thanks so much for allowing us all to pick your brain about your fun book. I look forward to reading it soon. Wishing you many more book adventures.

George Mahood:  That’s a tough one, Frank. I don’t know if I could pick one. I don’t tend to read books more than once so there isn’t one that stands out. The books I do read often and regularly are all of Julia Donaldson’s children’s books.  I’d have to say my favourite of all is The Snail and The Whale. Why? Because it’s a lovely story about triumph over adversity, travel, adventure, heroics and a happy ending. Plus the pictures are awesome.

–Thanks for all the great questions, Susan Joyce and Janet Givens. It’s been great fun.

Cherry Gregory:  I’ve got to sign off too, George, but it’s been a very interesting and entertaining interview. Thanks for answering all our questions and letting us get to know you more.

George Mahood:  Thanks for all the questions, Cherry. Thanks to everyone else too. It’s been really fun. I’ll be here for the rest of the eve so feel free to continue to post any other questions that you have. I’m now typing on my phone and drinking wine so the answers might be even less coherent than before.

Frank Kusy:  I love that you have two kitties George. What are their names and do they have special characters?

George Mahood:  They are called Father Dougal and Batfink! They are brother and sister (yes I know Batfink is a boy’s name), 10 years old and they hate each other.

Frank Kusy:  Ha ha, great names! I had a bruv and sis cat too, and they also hated each other.

Lisa Santoyo Slayton:  Yay a cat lover!

Frank Kusy:  I read all your reviews George (and blimey, wot a lot you got), now I’ll be reading your book

George Mahood:  Thanks Frank. Really looking forward to reading yours too.

Elaine Beckham:  Started reading your book the other day – on my Kindle. Love what I’ve read so far.

George Mahood:  Thanks Elaine. I hope you enjoy the rest of it.

–**SPOILER ALERT** I die at the end .

Frank Kusy:  Ha ha mate, you’re one chirpy ghost!

Elaine Beckham:  Noooooooo!

Anne Wine O’clock Durrant:  George – thanks so much for today – I have really enjoyed getting to know you – I am looking forward to reading your book – you are next on my list. I only read in bed so when I have finished with Frank and Kevin it will be your turn.

Frank Kusy:  Yes, thanks George, great interview!

George Mahood:  Thanks Anne Wine O’clock Durrant, thanks Frank Kusy. I look forward to taking Frank’s place in your bed when you’re finished with him.

Terry Bryan:  Thank you, George Mahood, I think the natives have gone to roost. Do write more…you’re a very entertaining gentleman.

Victoria Twead: Thank you very much, George Mahood for sitting in the hot seat and answering our questions. You can relax now, and good luck with the new book!


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