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Edward Chaney became friends with Gerald Edwards when he was living in Weymouth in the 1970s, and encouraged him to finish writing The Book of Ebenezer Le Page. He was then instrumental in persuading Hamish Hamilton to publish it in 1981.
In 2015, he published “Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page” – the story of Gerald’s life.
“The Trail of Ebenezer Le Page” is a guide to the places in Guernsey associated with G.B. Edwards and those that feature in his novel.
A great Christmas offer for fans of Ebenezer Le Page!
Today a group of relatives and friends of G.B. Edwards gathered in Plumstead Cemetery, South East London to commemorate the centenary of the death of his step-sister Rose who died in 1917, whilst working as a ‘munitionette’ in Woolwich.
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.
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.
We 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. Continue reading Genius Friend in Dorset