Tuesday, October 2, 2018

My Wonderful Wobbly Life by Charles Irwin

My Wonderful Wobbly Life
by Charles Irwin


GENRE: Memoir (Autobiography)



Having survived quite a few birthdays and had some interesting experiences, I wrote them down. That's how "My Wonderful Wobbly Life" was conceived. It was nearly born in 2004, but decided to hang on until 2018 to become 'Born again' Alleluia!!!!

“When they told my mother her little Bobby had brain damage and was a cripple, can you imagine how she felt? According to her, devastated!

The way home from the hospital led to one of London’s bridges across the River Thames.  She stopped halfway across with the intention of SPLASH!!! End of story for both of us. She hesitated. The thought of a man crippled by polio, who had succeeded despite his disability and become President of America, came into her mind. She walked on thinking, if F.D. Roosevelt can succeed, so can my Bobby!

When my father arrived home that afternoon my mother was on her hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor, filling the bucket with her tears.

“What’s the matter Peg?”

“Oh Bert! our little Bobby’s a CRIPPLE!”

“Well Peg, even if he is, there is one thing we are not going to do. We are not going to be ashamed and hide him away. He will come everywhere with us.”

He was as good as his word. I went everywhere with them when I was young and have fantastic memories of fun times. One of my favourites was being at a dance hall, possibly the Wimbledon Palais de Dance. I could not have been older than three or four, but I distinctly remember my father dancing around the dance-floor with me standing on his feet. It made me feel so proud and grown-up and I was then content to sit and watch for the rest of the evening.  He was a real Yorkshireman, proud of me, his son. “


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Charles was born in London U.K. in 1932. During his birth the forceps slipped, resulting in brain damage to the motor control nerves of his right side and causing total body spasticity. However, his intellect was not damaged. Throughout his life the two adversaries, controllable brain and semi-controllable body, always needed to be balanced. After several years of work and study he became a Chartered Production Engineer. In 1971 he emigrated to Australia and became a senior examiner in the Australian Patent office. This autobiography illustrates the rhyme: “He started to sing as he tackled the thing, That couldn’t be done - but he DID IT!” Charles chronicles his journey from useless to useful, with humour and joie de vie. He pays tribute to friends who only gave him help when it was asked for. At a young age he recognized his psychic abilities and, by using lessons at the end of each chapter, shares some insights with readers




INTERVIEW with Charles Irwin
What would we find under your bed?
Man comes from dust!  Therefore, together with the pictures stored there you would find the makings of a couple picture lovers.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Emerging from the birth canal.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Not deliberately but may sub-consciously hear it and listen if it is audible from another room in the house.
What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
To be asked by a film-maker to co-operate in writing a screen scenario “My Wonderful Wobbly Life”.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Physically at the computer approximately 400 hours.  Knowing there was a book in me wanting to come out, thirty years or more.  False starts, five or six years. Re-writing, proof-reading, editing and preparing for printing, four years.  Be ready for the sequel in 2058!



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  3. Good luck with the release!


  4. Congrats on the new book and good luck with the book tour!