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“What an esteemed company of players” introducing Umm Kulthum

Up until writing my novel, The Merry Millionaire, I was totally unaware that, for almost fifty years, the entire Middle East had an ongoing love affair with the international singing sensation Umm Kulthum.

From humble beginnings as the daughter of a Nile Delta Imam, she rose to become the greatest Arab singer there has ever been,

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“What an esteemed company of players” introducing Charles Baehler, hotel owner and entrepreneur.

charles baehler 2Had you decided to winter in Egypt in the 1930’s it would have stayed at the best hotel, either in Cairo, Luxor or Aswan, and it would have been difficult not to encounter the name of Charles Baehler since he owned three of the most popular, prestigious and luxurious hotels in Egypt.

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“What an esteemed company of players!” Meet Count Laszlo Almasy.

Count Laszlo Almasy a character who appears in my novel ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and interestingly has become the main player in an iconic novel and subsequently a popular movie.

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‘Le Dancing Dubois’

After a day sightseeing, Ron and Mervyn, characters in The Merry Millionaire, hear about a notorious nightclub in the old town, and decide to give it a go, although Ron thinks it could be a bit too gay for the likes of him, seeing he is close to his forty seventh birthday. Known as ‘Les Dancing Dubois,’ apparently it is popular with young French and German sailors, which certainly has whetted our pair’s appetite.

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Ron and Mervyn, here and now.

Putting your novel in time and place: Had it not been for the E-resources of the State Library of New South Wales, my latest novel, The Merry Millionaire would hardly possess the depth of historical accuracy that it does.Ronald Fry, my principle character and protagonist in the story finds his day entirely incomplete should he fail to open the pages of The Times at least once. As a result, since the majority of this gay, rollicking travel adventure takes place on luxury ocean liners, sumptuous Egyptian express trains and opulent oriental hotels, the opportunity to find a current copy is most difficult and highly unlikely. Consequently, when Ron manages to get his hands on a Times, be it two days or even a week old, he hungrily pours over it like a schoolboy devouring The Hotspur weekly.

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