An Interview Reviewed: Music in the Study

An Interview Reviewed: Music in the Study

by John James O'Loughlin

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Overview

A philosophic-cum-romantic novel based around an interview that backfires and results in various complications for both the interviewer and his magazine, which are not without ironic and humorous overtones which require some kind of paradoxical resolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499543131
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John James O'Loughlin, to give him his full name, was born in Salthill, Galway City, the Republic of Ireland in 1952 of mixed Irish- and British-born parents of Irish descent. Following a parental split, he was eventually taken back to England by his mother and maternal grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland after a lengthy absence with intent to stay, following the death of her England-based army husband) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot (Hants), Oakham (Rutland), Aldershot (again) and, following the death and repatriation of his Athenry-born grandmother, Carshalton (Surrey), where he attended first Barrow Hedges Primary School and then Carshalton High School for Boys. Upon leaving in 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he was removed from the children's home by its authorities and placed with a hostel in Clapham, south London, which he endured for a week before getting his mother and stepfather to give him lodgings at their flat in Finsbury Park, north London, from where he went on, via two short-lived jobs, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, where, after a period as a general clerk, he eventually became responsible, following promotion to clerical officer, for booking examination venues. After a brief flirtation with the study of history at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he was now living after moving out of his mother's flat early in the New Year (1971) first to a bedsitter in Sutton and then to a partitioned attic room in the house of an old school-friend's parents in Wallington and, subsequently, to a shared room in Merstham, he returned to his former clerical job in the West End but, following an enforced move back to north London via his mother's flat in January 1974 and two years of mental torment in successive bedsits in Crouch End, retired from the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors, including ill-health, and proceeded to dedicate himself to a literary vocation which, despite a brief return to the ABRSM in 1977 and a fairly lengthy spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey YMCA in the late 1980s and early '90s, he has effectively continued with ever since.

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