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Michael Anthony, centre, chats with calypsonian The Roaring Lion, left, and Cosmic Book Services manager
Lionel St Aubyn during the 1988 book launch of Towns and Villages at Cosmic Book Services, Westmall. The
book explored the history of the two cities, four towns and 46 villages of T&T.
are able to say what you want to
say and express yourself clearly,
that s good.
My advice to anyone contem-
plating authorship is: Great! Go
ahead. Write something every day.
Don t get downcast by rejections.
Bounce back. Try and write simply,
with the accent on saying what
you mean. Don t get carried away
by grandiose words. Above all, be
Who was your hero or "idol"
growing up---fictional or real or
both---and why? And who do you
admire most today?
I had two heroes while I was
growing up. I liked Frank Worrell,
the Barbados batsman. I also liked
a college boy from Mayaro who
lived in the same house with me
in San Fernando and always
defended me in disputes. He played
cricket and football, he could skate
using both skates, he was strong
and muscular but very nice and
gentle with people. He is now 87
friends, although in our youth he
saw me as a little boy.
Which of your works do you
rate as the most satisfying and
For me, in fiction, my best work
I now think to be the historical
novel In the Heat of the Day. I feel
I happened to capture what I set
out to capture, and to vent my
anger about certain things I found
ridiculous, and to [express ideas
through] characters. The story is
of the burning down of the Red
House in 1903 and I am so glad
I researched the story---so that if
the man in the street or even Walsh
Wrightson were to come back,
they d say: "Yes, it was like that."
So the book is really satisfying to
me, and I hope, to others.
Which is your favourite calyp-
so?My favourite calypso was for
years Death of Destroyer by the
Mighty Ziegfield. Destroyer died
in 1944, I think, but Ziegfield made
him live by recalling so masterfully
his life and times in calypso. I also
liked Mae Mae by Sparrow and
How Many More Must Die by
What was the most difficult
decision you ever had to make?
The most difficult decision I
have ever had to make was a deci-
sion to leave my son---who was in
hospital for a few days when he
was two---to go back home. I was
really overwrought. This was when
we lived in Rio de Janeiro. My son
is now 46, but when I think back
on that occasion, his crying after
me because I was leaving---when
I think of it I still feel pain.
What is the best compliment
you have ever received?
It had to do with a student. She
liked Green Days by the River. It
was the simplicity of what she said
that moved me. I can t remember
What are your plans for the
future in terms of writing?
I don t want to make my plans
too long-range, but there are four
books I have in mind to write. I
hope I shall be able to write them.
Anyway, as long as the writer has
health and strength, he is always
trying to write one more.
What are your greatest accom-
plishments as an author?
I have never really felt I had
accomplishments. I am not being
foolishly modest, as my friends
might say, but I have never seen
things like that.
What is your most prized tan-
The love of friends and family.
We are a big family. My sister has
11 children, I have four---Jennifer,
Keith, Carlos and Sandra---my
brother Rupert has five. We live
well together. My family is almost
all abroad but they are always here.
As I write, my eldest child Jennifer
has come to see me. Her fault is
her generosity to me. This and
writing make up my world.
If you could dine with anyone
in history, who would that be?
Who would that be? The man
everyone would like to dine with---
that is, everyone in the literary
world. The poet John Milton said
of him: "...And so sepulchered in
such pomp dost lie/that kings for
such a tomb would wish to die."
Yes, I d join the queue to dine with
Mr William [Shakespeare].
What is your favourite meal or
dish/food ...and drink?
My favourite meal is rice and
pigeon peas with fish. As a drink,
I like grapefruit juice.
Describe yourself in two words,
one beginning with M, the other
with A . . . your initials?
How can our readers find out
more about you or purchase your
99 Long Circular Road, Port
of Spain; 628 2221; mantho-
'Family love, writing
make up my world'
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