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The Life and Times of Monty Fysshe (fiction)

The Life and Times of Monty Fysshe (fiction)
One of the regular features of the Radiophile since the early 1990s has been what has become known generically as the Monty Fysshe stories, and in response to numerous requests Chas. has put together this compilation of some of the earlier ones. It may surprise newer readers that, in fact, Monty did not make an appearance until the second story, but the first has been included because it introduced other stalwarts of the series such as Mabel and Rosie, joint proprietors of the "OK Corral", the hapless Rollo Kitchen whose money-making ventures ever go awry, and Hugo Firkin, the local auctioneer, plus an occasional "visitor", Archie Simmons - the bargain-loving dealer of irascible disposition. When Chas. wrote the next story, it required a dishonest character on which to hang the plot, and so Monty was born. He then wrote him into some further stories - not all of them - and from letters received it became apparent that something curious was happening; instead of being disliked, Monty was achieving a considerable following. It became obvious that he was destined to become a fixture and it seemed to Chas. that the way forward was to rehabilitate him, which he did with a device based on one he had previously used many years before in an unpublished story. Before long Monty was transformed into the (mostly) law-abiding characterwho has appeared in every story since. The transformation is the subject of Chapter Four of this book, which also introduces dear old McGurky. Apart from Chapter Three, which has never before been published, all these stories appeared in the Radiophile Magazine.

150 pages

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