Why authors write Print
By P.G. Wodehouse   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014

The question of how authors come to write their books is generally one not easily answered. Milton, for instance, asked how he got the idea of Paradise Lost, would probably have replied with a vague ‘Oh, I don’t know, you know. These things sort of pop into one’s head, don’t you know,’ leaving the researcher very much where he was before. 

But with Sir Raymond Bastable’s novel Cocktail Time we are on warmer ground. It was directly inspired by the accurate catapultmanship of Pongo Twistleton’s Uncle Fred. Had his aim not been so unerring, had he failed, as he might so well have done, to allow for windage, the book would never have been written.


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