New Title Tuesday: Sheila Steafel – Don’t Ask Me
Last month we were saddened by the passing of our dear friend and talented author, the inimitable Sheila Steafel.
Fantom Publishing have released two books with Sheila; her autobiography When Harry Met Sheila, and a second tome called Bastards, featuring further autobiographical encounters with… well yes.
The original hardback (in brown wrapper styled cover) is now out of print, and discussions were had with Sheila about approaching a reissue; and Sheila herself came up with the longer title, which explains much better what this humorous and engaging book is all about.
“When I read through the final draft of my autobiography, I decided to take out several anecdotes about my personal life, simply because they seemed a sort of indulgence, and didn’t add to what I wanted to say about my life and my career. They were hiccups along the way with some attacks worse than others, but all were finally ‘got rid’ (as my cousin Lillian used to say). I put them in a file which I called BASTARDS for my own amusement, and thought no more about them until my book came out and I was being asked what my next writing project would be. For want of anything else to say I would reply BASTARDS, and the response was so positive that what had started as a whim began to take on substance.
So here it is. Since you ask (and you will) the bastards were all my own. Some were short, as are some of the tales, and some tall, which, in spite of your incredulity, none of the tales are. Well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I couldn’t make them up!
Don’t Ask Me! The Enigma of Why Sheila Steafel is Attracted to Bastards is a must have read, and a fitting tribute to a lady who brought so much laughter and enjoyment into millions of lives.