There is exciting news for at least one individual with literary ambitions in Adderbury. There are rumours circulating that a certain Adderbury web site is to be listed for the Man Booker Prize. This is a prestigious international award for outstanding works of fiction. The winner receives a prize of £50,000 and runners-up receive £2,500 each.
Yes – you guessed it – the potential recipient has to be Save Adderbury for a work of fiction so outrageous and ridiculous as to be quite unbelievable if it were not in print here in North Oxfordshire. One problem for the author might be his unwillingness to admit who he is but I guess the prospect of a £50,000 prize might persuade him to come from behind his veil of anonymity!
Of course, there could be a further problem because it does seem quite clear that he has several co-authors and he may well have to share the rewards of his prize with several close neighbours on the other side of the village. If so, you can bet there will be quite a party in Horn Hill Road although the invitation list may be rather selective!
However, there may also be other good news for our Save Adderbury author. A further rumour says that several scandal mags are keen to offer him a contract. The Sun, The Mirror, Daily Mail and Express are always keen to attract writers able to create scandalous headlines with no connection to reality providing they can increase circulation so our anonymous web site author from Lester Close may well be looking at a profitable future.
Before our lawyer in Berry Hill Road starts sharpening his quill pen, let me make it quite clear that I blog as an individual and not as a member of Adderbury Parish Council. He is the author of five complaints to Cherwell District Council, one of which ran to 668 pages and must make him an author with the tenacity of JK Rowling whose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ran to a similar length although I doubt it has quite the literary merit of Rowling or the gripping intensity!