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11 April 2014 @ 11:05



Yesterday I had a call from an 88-year old gentleman. Born in Poland in 1925 he was 14-years old when Poland and Germany, then Britain and France became embroiled in another mutually destructive war.

Like another ghost-writing client, Dieter, born 1938 in Hamburg, there could be better places to spend one’s childhood than pre-war Poland. Imagine the story my latest caller has to tell.

What I do find remarkable is that at 88-years of age this Nerja resident was as bright as a soldier’s button. Returning to England for the summer, he promised he would have his book well under way by October when he returns.

The cynic might say that at that age you don’t buy green bananas. Try telling that to this gentleman… or this…

A year or so ago I was called by a gentleman who lives in Calpe. During our animated telephone conversation I discovered he was 86-years old. He told me that he keeps busy looking after a golf club and tending to neighbours gardens. Tongue in cheek I suggested that it was time he thought about retiring.

“Retire,” he laughed. “I can’t do that. I have a wife and 14-year old daughter to look after.”

The first ghost-writing assignment I ever took on was for an 82-year old lady. She wrote to get her life experiences off her chest. Yet occasionally I get a person half their age who say, ‘I have left it too late.’

If you know someone who has a story to tell why not put them in touch with me. There is no law that dictates a book’s length. Whilst most paperbacks are about 70,000 words in content, there are many novelettes, what I call ‘bus ride reads’ of 20k - 40k words.


Michael Walsh. Ghost-Writing, Book Editing. €20 per 1,000 words.

Telephone 966 786 932



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eggcup said:
11 April 2014 @ 14:23

Coincidentally, my father was born in Czechoslovakia, also in 1925, and he went on to enlist for the Germans at the age of 15 - he said he was bored in the village, and of course he was in the Hitler Youth, which was compulsory, I believe. He had some interesting stories too - one brother was caught by the Resistance and they lined up the Germans and shot the tall ones (he was a shorty), another spent 5 years in the Russian camps and became an alcoholic and another went down in a U-boat aged around 20. My Daddy was lucky, caught by the Americans in France in 1944 and then taken to a British camp and later he had to work for free on a farm. He had no complaints and in fact seemed to enjoy being in Britain... and stayed here. And here I am.

mike_walsh said:
11 April 2014 @ 14:40

What an interesting story - and life. Sure he is not a cat with all those lives? It doesn’t suit the victors propaganda but the Sudetenland (Bohemia) wildly welcomed their being absorbed by Hitler’s Reich. Ironically, recent events in Crimea are a re-run.
Also airbrushed out of the history books; over half the Waffen SS were not German nationals. The biggest army in European history was made up by the Nightingale Divisions. They were mostly but not exclusively Russian who fought against the Capitalist-backed Bolsheviks.
Many of these unfortunates, after the war’s end, were shipped to the USSR. They were machine-gunned in groups or died in the Gulag. Never again, hopefully. Those like your dad who found themselves in Britain, of course it was a relief by comparison.
The fact remains that they were slaves in direct contravention of the Geneva Conventions. It was 1948 before the International Red Cross got the last of them released after threatening the UK government. Thanks for sharing. - Mike.

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