New book launch: “Guernsey As It Used To Be”

We are delighted to announce the launch later this month of our second title “Guernsey As It Used To Be: A Tour of the Town in Victorian Times” by George W.J.L. Hugo.

This book, originally published in 1933, provides a fascinating insight into Guernsey, and in particular St Peter Port, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is packed with descriptions of the shops in town and the author’s reminiscences of the people who ran them.

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‘Patches, tricks and wickedness’ – Times Literary Supplement

TLS Cover, September 9This week’s Times Literary Supplement (edition dated 9 September 2016) features a review of Edward Chaney’s Genius Friend  entitled ‘Patches, tricks and wickedness’.

The reviewer, D.J. Taylor, calls it:

A consistently fascinating attempt to chart the life of a geniune literary outsider

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‘Guernsey’s Finest’ – Literary Review

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The August edition of Literary Review (Britain’s best-loved literary magazine) contains a review of Edward Chaney’s Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by William Palmer. He says:

… the author’s researches and his personal knowledge of Edwards do bring this strange and wayward man to life.

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Spring 2016 update

The launch of Edward Chaney’s Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page has really been gathering pace since the start of the year.

The undoubted highlight of this Spring was the Alderney Literary Festival, which took place on the third largest Channel Island between 18-20 March. Edward Chaney talked about ‘The Nietzschean Islander’ focusing on the influence that the great German philosopher had on Gerald Edwards and his great novel. He also took part in a panel discussion with ex-MI5 Director-General, Dame Stella Rimington hosted by Charlie McArdle of BBC Radio Jersey.

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Genius Friend in Dorset

DorsetCountyMuseumWe are delighted to announce that our first event of the year will take place at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester on 21 January.

Edward Chaney will return to the county in which he first met Gerald Edwards through his great-aunt Josephine, who lived in Upwey. Gerald was living in the same village with the Snell family, where he completed his only novel, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page.
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Genius Friend update

Since our last update, Genius Friend has been in the news around the UK.

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Nige of The Dabbler reviewed the book for this notable blog. He wrote:

Chaney’s biography is a heroic feat of research and contains probably as much as is ever going to be known about the mysterious Edwards.

For the full review see ‘Cryptic and Mystifying’: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, The Dabbler, 18 November 2015
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