…my regular blog post visitor and pal, Author Tony McManus paints a picture for us :
THE SPOKEN WORD
As a schoolboy, I was fortunate to have a teacher who enjoyed reading stories to his pupils. Every Friday afternoon around 3.30 Mr. Cassidy would sit on a desk and gather us boys in a close circle around him and for the final thirty minutes of the school day he would read to us.
Mr. Cassidy was from Ireland and had the God-given gift of a beautiful voice. The first story he read to us was R L. Stevenson’s novel, “Treasure Island.” And he didn’t simply read; he dramatized. He took us out of the cold Manchester grime and on down to the Cornwall coast and the Admiral Benbow Inn. And here we met Jim Hawkins, Dr. Livesey, Squire Trelawney, Long John Silver and the good ship “Hispaniola” and the heroes and villains who sailed in her. Spellbound, I would close my eyes and listen as he read. I’ve since read that book several times and always enjoyed it, but never quite as much as listening to Mr. Cassidy’s captivating narration.
Next up was “The Master of Ballantrae” followed by “Kidnapped” by the same author, Stevenson; adventure stories written for boys, enjoyed by men. And just before the Christmas break, we got Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” What could be a better way to end the school year?
From this experience, I developed a love of radio plays such as BBC’s Afternoon Theatre, A Book at Bedtime and Appointment with Fear. For me, a radio play beats a television drama hands down, simply because you can use your imagination. I also came to enjoy reading stories to others and have often done so.
It’s to Mr. Cassidy that I owe my love of books. And over the years I’ve often recalled him, sitting on his desk in his rumpled tweed jacket, hunched over his open book reading to us, acting out the character’s parts and transporting us boys as on a magic carpet to distant lands and fabulous places. Good memories.
Tony McManus was born in Manchester, England. He worked in many jobs to serve his passion for travel such as English teacher, bar tender, taxi driver, and in southern Africa, construction work in the Transvaal goldmines and the copper mines of Zambia. Tony pursues and advocates good health, via diet and exercise. An outdoorsman, sailor, kayaker and canoeist, he also loves hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
He is the author of an espionage novel: The Iran Deception based on his time in Israel. He recently published: Down And Out In The Big Mango, a collection of short stories set in Thailand. He resides alternately in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ste. Adele, Quebec, Canada.
He can be found at: http://downeastern.wix.com/tonymcmanuswriter
Or via his email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony is the author of a novel: The Iran Deception. http://amzn.to/1Ppb45P
And a short story compilation: Down and Out in the Big Mango.
On Amazon. http://amzn.to/1FetYVl
Books Mango. http://bit.ly/1ROSkhq
He has published several short stories:
A Bangkok Solution: http://amzn.to/1HpWSzi
A Partner in Crime: http://amzn.to/1ENZpn2
The Bangkok SAS: http://amzn.to/1d5cVMb
He is presently working on two crime novels: Bangkok Retribution, the first book in a series featuring sleuth Mike Villiers.
And The Sum of Things in a series featuring ex SAS hero, James Fallon.
With luck and hard work, he expects both novels to see publication before the year’s end.
..thanks again for sharing, Tony… see yeez later …LUV YEEZ!…
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