Writing the Law with Alex Wade

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Author Alex Wade at the Longboat Inn, Penzance


We were delighted to welcome local author Alex Wade to Writers’ Cafe on 12th October.


Alex left conventional law practice twenty years ago after, in his own words, ‘going off the rails’ and took up writing full-time. He still practices law but does so remotely, from Cornwall, rather than journeying to and fro to the metropolis. That said, these days it is his writing that takes centre stage.


Flack’s Last Shift is his latest publication, a novel which blends fiction with real life characters and offers a glimpse into a Fleet Street that is no more.


Alex’s portfolio of published work is eclectic: fiction, journalism, boxing and surfing.


Alex was delightfully open about his experiences in publishing and happy to answer the questions that were thrown his way – and these were many and various. Then, while he ate his cream tea (look closely at the photo…) he set the group an exercise:


These days the fashion in writing is for short, sharp sentences. He set us the task of writing a single sentence of a minimum 100 words on the subject of ‘Lawers – heroes or villains‘. We then read some of these out – including one extract in German: although I only understood a few words here and there, it was as luscious as a Black Forest gateaux. Thank you Renate.

Below is Linda Camidge’s offering – my own was swallowed by the ether and despite much trawling round my netbook, I cannot find it 🙁 I will try to recreate if from memory at some point but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy Linda’s piece




Here they come: in their suits, on your telly, from the call centres; the army of today – and of tomorrow, unless we watch our step – a wave of expertise to deaden hope or to assuage fear, and today to lift from our shoulders the burden of adult responsibility: that irksome weight that the 21st century is inviting us to cast from our shoulders so that we, I, may be granted absolution for our choices and salvation from the wily traps laid by the expert; a salvation which flows down the landlines and over the networks, thus: “have you had an accident in the last five years?”; “have you been unknowingly sold” – “unknowingly sold”, note, and just ponder that rhetoric for a moment, just consider your reduction to a commodity  – “unknowingly sold PPI?”


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