Midnight Mess is a collection of short stories based on the experiences – often very funny – of a man with an unusual occupation and life-style most of us would envy. Here are stories of his hilarious blunders as an organist, his spirit of unconventional independence, a penchant for illegal activity, including a brief spell as an amateur medic, or a clandestine pig farmer. And an account of a sojourn as a working man in Paris, with its beautiful Parisiennes, forms a delightful interlude to tales of remote places in the Cape.
    William Selway Robson has compellingly documented country life in South Africa with flair, insight and often with nostalgia, revealing many of his passions, his weaknesses – and his irrepressible sense of humour.
    Here is a book by a non-conformist, to amuse, inform, fascinate – even to horrify – but always to entertain.
 
Midnight Mess is available from www.loot.co.za or by contacting the author:


William Selway Robson was born in Pretoria, South Africa. When he was seven, his parents moved to England where he was educated, apart from two years spent in Kenya. Leaving school as early as possible, at fifteen, an engineering apprenticeship was followed by an electronics degree at Southampton University. But early on in his high-tech career he took a 300-year leap backwards into harpsichord and pipe organ building, and has since devoted his life to music, as a performer and as an instrument maker. He has recently written his first novel, set in the Cape where he lives, at the southern tip of Africa.


COMMENTS FROM READERS:
"...very attractive book..."
"I discovered a big part of you in your book and I really enjoyed it.
Bravo for your life!"
- Marc Ducornet (France)
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"...a lovely book and glimpse into a lovely life."
- Dr Els Goedghebeur (Belgium)
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"I read Midnight Mess with great enjoyment and it stirred many happy recollections of South Africa and her people."
- Kevin D. Moodie (USA)
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"You almost caused my death - 'Midnight Mess', the cover story, was so funny!"
- Dr Nigel Perry (UK)
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"Hugely entertaining and informative".
- Professor Wim Viljoen, University of Pretoria, South Africa
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Many people have commented: "Midnight Mess is very well-written."

First printed: 2006 - New Impression: 2007
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