Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Sword of Damocles

When I was younger one of my favourite stories was 'The Sword of Damocles'. It’s often used as a political allegory but my interpretation is broader: that all our lives hang by a thread. That we can move from happiness to sorrow in an instant.

I always thought that I’d remember 2011 as the year I finally got published. However, three weeks after THE AFRIKA REICH came out events took a different turn.

On 9th March my step-father, Peter, died unexpectedly; he was 55 years old. What makes this all the more tragic is that he was such a fit and vibrant man. If ever there were a story that illustrates how precarious our lives are this is it.

To be honest, it still seems impossible. Incredible. After the initial shock I got back to working on the follow-up to AFRIKA REICH; I even went away to a remote farmhouse in Slovenia to get some clear headspace and write in peace. However, many of the peripheral activities to do with my book have suffered. Including this blog.

So for now this is meant as a holding post to let you know I haven’t abandoned it and still have lots of things I want to share about ‘Guy Saville, writer’. More regular posts to resume asap.


  1. Good to see you back, Guy!

  2. Looking forward to them (the blog posts not the various swords of wossisname)!

    Take care

  3. Doug & Old Kitty - thanks for your comments and sorry not to have replied sooner. I've been having problems with blogger... but hopefully they're sorted now!

  4. My Dad died last year too. Sorry to hear about your loss. It's such a shattering experience. I still miss him all these months on.

    Good luck with your book!

    Best regards,