Hi if anyone out there feels like investing in helping an author to get a leaflet about his book out to the whole of Cornwall please let me know because my book Proper Cornish Childhood would sell to many in Cornwall.
I have sold over 3000 copies myself and my book on Amazon hits position all the time of 100k which is not bad out of 24 million books, but I just don't have the funds to a leaflet drop to whole of Cornwall and due to ill health cannot raise any funds, I get amazing reviews off facebook where many buy my book, and know this would really take off given the chance. My main aim in life is to be an author, writing about Cornwall, and also writing recipe books, to do this i have tried for over 7 years now to get my books seen by large amounts of Cornish folk, but its so hard without funds.
My book is called Proper Cornish Childhood, the synopsis follows below.........................
Proper Cornish Childhood The picturesque fishing village of Mousehole and its surroundings during the 1960s and 1970s are brought to life in this personal memoir of a Cornish childhood. Born in Newlyn, Michael spent his early years living at Trereife Lodge and later became a chef at the renowned Lobster Pot hotel.
The book is full of details of everyday life as seen through the eyes of a child. These include learning to cook with his mother in the family kitchen, family Christmas celebrations and the annual turning on of Mousehole lights.
For those of us old enough to remember, the change from the old money to decimal currency was a big event, and this is covered in the book, one of many reminders of the '70s. The Torrey Canyon disaster and its devastating effect on Cornwall's coastline and wildlife are given considerable coverage.
As anyone who remembers that era can testify, the beaches and harbours on both the north and south coasts were covered in thick lumps of oil for many years. The author, as a boy of 10, watched the tanker on the Seven Stones reef being bombed to set fire to the remaining oil.
There are many interesting insights and observations relating to West Penwith, and there is nostalgia for those of us who remember how things were and how things have changed.
You will find my book on Amazon by simply searching for Michael j Darracott Proper Cornish Childhood
My life story is below and it is what I have lived through, that makes me want to be a well read author..................
Horrific car crash changed Michael's life
A MAN who has faced life-changing challenges after seriously injuring himself in a car crash more than 30 years ago, hosted a book-signing event..across Cornwall.
Michael J Darracott, the Cornish author of Proper Cornish Childhood
when I was 20 years old, I was a passenger in a car, the car I was in was hit by a car that was said to be doing around 90mph, and in an instance my life was changed for ever.
"My seatbelt snapped along with five of my ribs. I was thrown through the windscreen and the car I had been in was bulldozed over me by the car we had just hit. I came to rest with my head squeezed up against a granite wall, my chin was bent down towards my upper chest, both my arms were trapped under the sill of the car which was now on top of my chest.
"My right leg had been twisted around the axle of the car and I could hardly breathe because of the weight of the car across my chest.
"I was trapped for over an hour and when cut out was rushed to Hospital, where I lay for 12 weeks. I was originally told I would never walk again but the leg got better. But I suffered a hit to the back of my head that has left me with a rare bit of brain damage. You would not think so to look at me. I look fine.
"But a small part of my brain at the back has been dropping slowly out of my head and making its way towards my brain stem for 39 years now, causing me balance problems.
"I have had constant ringing sounds in my ears 24/7 for the last 10 years. Before this happened I had been to catering college after leaving Lescudjack School, Penzance. And I became a chef in the world famous Lobster Pot Hotel, Mousehole. But eventually had to give up cooking upon finding out about hidden brain damage.
"I could no longer work for long in a kitchen because the heat made me feel so ill.
"I met and married my wife a few months after the crash, and had no idea for 12 years afterwards what was making me so ill all of the time. By the time I found out what it was, my wonderful children had all been born, and I was getting worse."
Michael was assessed as disabled 12 years ago, and told by his GP not to do any work. He got the all-clear to work from home on a computer, so he wrote his book, Proper Cornish Childhood, publishing it himself and the work is beginning to gain recognition.
His book tells a child's eye story of growing up in Mousehole during the 1960s and 1970s.
Above is what made me the man I am today, and I just want to write about my beloved Cornwall and my recipes.
So if you can help to get my book out to the whole of Cornwall please do its my life long ambition, and more books will follow.