Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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Tweaking The Tail, by John Leeson

Second paragraph of third chapter:
This was perhaps quite a far-sighted move on my father's part, as my new experience would certainly bring me down to earth with a bump and put me squarely face to face with the realities of life and death on a daily basis. My very first well-remembered job was to carry the wrapped body of a three-year-old child, the victim of an accidental drowning in a local canal, to the hospital mortuary.
Yet another one of the Doctor Who books rushed out for the 2013 anniversary (in this case a revision and expansion of a 2011 book with a different title), by the actor who played the voice of K9 in both Old and New Who and also in no less than three spinoffs (K9 and Company, the Sarah Jane Adventures, and the Australian K9 series). Leeson's style is a bit twee, rather reminiscent of Arthur Marshall's Myrtlebank; but he writes about some serious subjects, most notably his own struggles with mental health as a teenager - without going into extensive detail, he makes it clear that he had a lot to overcome. Apart from that, he's had an actor's career, done a few conventions, become an expert on food and wine, been a local magistrate; curiously omitted is the fact that he stood in local council elections for the Liberal Democrats in 2002 and 2010 (and did so for a third time in 2018). Much the funniest anecdote is his attendance, at first incognito, at a convention in the USA where he came second in a competition for K9 impressions, before revealing who he actually was. A very quick read. You can get it here.
Tags: bookblog 2019, doctor who
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