‘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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Biography of G.B. Edwards to be published this autumn

Gerald Edwards (seated) with Clarrie Bellot
Gerald Edwards (seated) with Clarrie Bellot

We are delighted to announce that Blue Ormer will be publishing a biography of G.B. Edwards this autumn written by Professor Edward Chaney.

G.B. Edwards is best known for his only novel, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page which was published posthumously in 1981 to critical acclaim. However very little has been known about his upbringing in Guernsey, and his life before he settled in Weymouth in the early 1970s.

In the 35 years since the novel was published, Professor Chaney has been researching the life of his reclusive friend, collecting stories and anecdotes from his friends and relations, revealing how extensively the author plundered his own experiences as inspiration for the events which shape his novel.

The book will be published this autumn. To keep abreast of the latest news, please follow us on Twitter (@blueormer) or Like our Facebook page (Blue Ormer). Or you can subscribe to our mailing list, using the link on our main page.