Paul Symonloe

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Eco & Climate Change

The ecosystem and climate are currently hot topics. Although authors have been addressing the issue for over a century, as I discovered a year or so ago when reading Doctor Doolitte.
TSL authors have addressed the topics in different ways – both in fiction and non-fiction. Take a look…

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Paul Symonloe appreciation

Paul Symonloe

Paul Symonloe is what I call a daring writer. He’s published two books with TSL, one a novel, Castletown, amd the other a play called The Edge. While the latter is more conventional, there is an edge to the tale which takes climate change as its theme.
More daring is Castletown, a parody of living in a town in which resides a monarch. Written when Queen Elizabeth was alive, the monarch in this story is a queen, although she’s not named in Castletown. It is not clear where Paul sits on the royalty spectrum given the somewhat irreverent takes on the monarch, but I’m not sure that matters, as on one side he’s considering a human aspect to a being some put on an almost god-like pedestal and on the other, a group who see an economic opportunity to exploit the fame of the person.
Set in a fictitious town, Castletown, the book tells the story of a young lad residing in the town trying to make his way in the world. Tenacity and ignorance dominate descriptors of his actions – how many ordinary people are reflected in the trials and tribulations of our lead character? I leave you to decide but you’ll have to read this carefully constructed narrative in order to do so.
It’s the clever and careful construction of the plots and Paul’s observations of a range of personalities that appeals to me. See what you make of both books – I dare you…

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Paul Symonloe

About Paul Symonloe

Paul is an English-born writer of stage-plays and novels. He has also produced (but not published) a series of satirical drawings: “From the Playful to the Grave”. Paul grew up in a serious academic family; his father was a Czech-Jewish refugee, and his mother a kind and atypical Englishwoman. To everyone’s surprise (including his own) he gained an English Literature and Linguistics degree from London University. He admires the timeless – tragi-comic – genius of John Sullivan, creator of Only Fools and Horses. Along with Sullivan, Jane Austin tops his list of rare humans whose gift it is to both understand human nature and effortlessly transmit their understanding to others.

Books by Paul