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How will his life at work and at a personal level evolve? Will he succeed in business, as well as finding true love?
13 Sep 2023
Written by Huw Richards
OB News
written by Dennis W L Humphreys (SHB, 57-63)
written by Dennis W L Humphreys (SHB, 57-63)

Dennis W L Humphreys (SHB, 57-63) – has just written his first novel – “The Curious Tale of a French Salesman”. It will be available from Friday from the usual online outlets.

Dennis lives in South Devon in a Victorian house with a beautiful large garden.

He was born in Mid-Wales in 1945 at a time when the war was still going on, with gas masks and ration books everywhere, many soldiers billeted in the town and German prisoners of war in a camp nearby.

His father died when he was just three, and he was brought up by his mother with support from the family.

He read classics and law at Cambridge and had a long career in the law. Since retiring, he has pursued several interests, including writing, playing music on keyboard instruments, studying French, visiting France, astronomy, sea angling and gardening. He is a member of the local society of arts and has served as secretary of the Torbay Astronomical Society.

He attended French classes until the pandemic, and found that he had a talent for writing stories in French. In 2019 he entered a writing competition in the French magazine used in the classes and won the competition, with a short romantic story. The editor of the magazine wrote that they were entranced by the suspense and emotion of his story. Since then he has written the back stories of the characters in his winning entry, and this evolved into his novel (in English), "The Curious Tale of a French Salesman".

He has other novels in the pipeline: one about a man who plays the guitar and likes rainbows, called "Rainbow over Rocheville"; one called "the Transit of Venus" a romantic fantasy story; and a historical novel set in Britain and Brittany in the Dark Ages in the era of King Arthur.

He feels that his long experience of life during changing times has given him the advantage of a wide perspective and an understanding of attitudes and values of the years.

He also feels that his long experience in the law, where there is a need to understand and present the clients "story", is another advantage for a writer.

Lionel, a young travelling salesman, works for a company selling electrical products. He and his family endured a dreadful time during the Second World War, but life is comfortable for them now. An excellent salesman, he is confident in his work, but rather shy with young women. He regrets never having had a girlfriend.

His manager offers him the chance to pay a week’s visit to a part of France of his own choosing, where the company do not currently do any business, to see if he can obtain orders there. He readily agrees and consults his family. For some reason, his grandmother is impelled to suggest that he should go to northeast France, near the border with Belgium.

Upon arrival, he discovers in a very strange way an unexpected fact about his family’s history. There is a prospect of romance for him, but will work pressures and his shyness get in the way of finding love?

At times he meets with anti-Semitism, which shocks him particularly as he is patriotically French, with secular attitudes. He encounters fascinating characters, whose lives have been impacted by the World Wars, sometimes tragically.

How will his life at work and at a personal level evolve? Will he succeed in business, as well as finding true love?



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