West Hampstead Author wins the Nobel Prize
I moved to West Hampstead in 2006, so with a little gene manipulation, maybe some monkey gland injections, a batch of international publishing sensations and some hard core supporters, I stand a chance of the Nobel before I'm 110.
I do actually have a bet on my winning the Nobel, £1 even odds made in Italy in 1978. Fourteen years on from the bet I had my first novel published ... slow-burn to be sure, but then I have no need to rush. Those Swedes are canny and bound to let a few years pass before releasing the award to a West Hampstead author once again. I suppose if they give me advance notice I might consider moving, to save them blushes.
My partner introduced himself to Doris Lessing as a fan a while back. 'Where are you from?' she demanded. 'America,' he responded. 'Then you have never suffered!' she chided him, and turned away.