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.
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 reviewer, D.J. Taylor, calls it:
A consistently fascinating attempt to chart the life of a geniune literary outsider
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.
The next event we have planned for the Genius Friend world tour is – the Alderney Literary Festival on 18 – 20 March.
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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Since our last update, Genius Friend has been in the news around the UK.
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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G.B. Edwards & The Book of Ebenezer Le Page.
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