Friday, April 13, 2012

Duncan Fallowell: Journals stored away like a squirrel's nuts

What does the hard-copy residue of a creative life look like? See below. Duncan Fallowell's notebooks, his unpublished journals - packed with anecdotes and observation - presumably the basis of his many books (travel, fiction, celebrity journalism) - have been placed in a safe deposit box in a bank for posterity. Duncan has lived and lives a 'rich and varied' life - the dozens of journals are proof of that alone. What will happen to them eventually? he asks. Madame suggests: 'A foreign university may buy them, I guess, after he's discovered whether the science textbook writers were right. Or not. About life everlasting. Not that the uni will know.'



29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to get my hands on those nuts

DRF said...

Dear Madame

Thank-you very much for your interest. I'd like to point out however that these journals were on the whole not the basis for books - all that material is in other files - but exist in their own right as a more intimate record in parallel to my published work.

With best wishes, Duncan Fallowell

Dree said...

How fascinating. Can't we have a short extract from these journals. Seems a pity to hide them away where they will be forgotten and unloved.

Anonymous said...

I was starting to wonder if you two had fallen out. But I see now everything is back to usual.

the late Edith Foxwell said...

Stephen Hayter who once owned the Embassy Club in Mayfair kept his press clippings in a Swiss bank vault.

Mr Coutts (RBS owned) said...

I thought bank deposit boxes were disappearing. Duncan would do well to keep an eye on his bank.

Anonymous said...

Harrods do a box for £250 per year - but weren't they burgled a few years ago? Fortunately foreign criminal gangs can't read and would pass on to the diamonds

The Spectator said...

I presume these contain a lot about his personal relationships and sexual adventures. Will Duncan be publishing a book from them? Or reading from them - he has a great voice

Mary said...

DF should put together an anthology of excerpts from his diaries with illustrations. It would be a delightful Christmas present.

Anonymous said...

juicy

Anonymous said...

It's not for Duncan to tell us he's having a rich and varied life. Very boastful, i say

From Barcelona said...

I live in Barcelona and am briefly in London and see your blog. We publish in Barcelona a magazine with Duncan in. It is called Apartamento

Madame Arcati said...

Is it this - http://www.apartamentomagazine.com/current.php ?

Looks gorgeous.

Should you be seeking a high-end astrologer, you must consider this one in the smartest UK magazine...

http://www.lady.co.uk/horoscopes_13_19_april

A PC said...

Isn't it time DF got an MBE or something? He's done more to get people travelling than most and to use their minds and senses. i shall write to HM and see what happens. i see you're no friend of my friend the PM.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Duncan F with a publisher like Penguin? His books are hard to find.

Madame Arcati said...

Hard to find if you're plodding about in shops. Just go to Amazon and click something, Hey presto!

Goodbye shops.

Anonymous said...

I prefer Madrid

Masters said...

How many people has Mr F had sex with?

DRF said...

I don't do the numbers game

Duncan Fallowell

Prince Harry's Equerry said...

The Misfits book is ace. Best thing on Princess Di I ever read

Anonymous said...

Such a delight to hear someone use the language well. I'm in my room and a gang of black boys down in the street effing this effing that, grunts of cursing rage - vile - debased

Anonymous said...

Love the colour change!

Some Old Slapper said...

Oh Madame has gone all show biz with fab red drapes. What an improvement.

I wish there was gang of black boys in my street effing this and that and preferably me..grunting as well. So dull where I live.

The late Hoskar said...

Marvellous redecration of the site, madame. It now resembles the Victorian opium den-cum-knocking shop that it is. Anyone got a light?

Anonymous said...

Fallowell once did a very funny interview with Vanessa Redgrave. Was that for Woman's Journal?

Madame Arcati said...

Pretty certain it was for WJ. He did an amazing one with Germaine Greer for WJ, and Regine - is she still alive? Funny how people disappear.

Anonymous said...

RĂ©gine! The 1980s incarnate! But she was too crude-snob to succeed in London - where she failed twice and still doesn't understand why. Crude-snob never works in London. Talking of the 80s, fun piece on Lady Colin Campbell by Lady Lynn Barber in the Sunday Times today. You should do something, Madame A, on Lady CC's two adopted Russian sons.

Madame Arcati said...

Ah Georgie Campbell, I know her of old. Now runs the Dynasty publisher. Her sons must have pubes now. We'll see what comes my way.

Lynn Barber still churning it out is she.

Anonymous said...

I have just discovered this site and think it's the weirdest. Can't work it or you out at all. Which is a compliment.