Comedian Les Dawson wrote a secret romantic novel about the American Civil War called An Echo of Shadows
Les Dawson was known for his comic writing – Hitler Was My Mother-in-Law was one of his many books – but it turns out he was also a romantic novelist.
A 110-page manuscript called An Echo of Shadows, which was written under the name Maria Brett-Cooper, has turned up more than a decade after the comedian's death.
Charlotte Dawson, 21, whose father died aged 62 in June 1993 when she was just eight months old, discovered An Echo of Shadows when she was clearing out the attic of her Lancashire home. Charlotte told BBC Inside Out (North West), who are broadcasting a feature about the novel: “This is extremely special. This is a novel – a romantic novel – that I found when I was moving from the house that I lived in with my dad in Lytham. The novel was never ever published. He was about to publish it before he died. And obviously I’ve read it all and what I’m going to do – because it needs a bit of tweaking and adding bits on – is finish writing it and then hopefully publish it.”
Dawson was known for his stand-up comedy and television sketches but he was an avid reader and fan of English literature, in particular the 19th-century essayist Charles Lamb. Dawson wrote a novel, Come Back With the Wind, about an English civil war following a dispute over whisky.
Charles Lamb (10 February 1775 – 27 December 1834) was an English writer and essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847).
He also wrote a number of poems, and was part of a literary circle in England, along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, whom he befriended. He has been referred to by E. V. Lucas, his principal biographer, as "the most lovable figure in English literature"
An alias used to mask the real (orthonym) name of a person or group. I pondered the use of a pseudonym when I first began writing but came to the conclusion that it was for other more pretentious people (possibly). The idea came to me again when I departed from the Steele novels and wrote Cessation. It was the ideal opportunity but the opportunity for what? I suppose if I wasn't so busy blogging all of the time and was more wary of the internet, I would use a pen name - its never too late. Perhaps if I was picked up by a traditional publisher and my books were reprinted I would make the change then. What is good enough for J K Rowling (Robert Galbraith) is good enough for me!