Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Biographers’ Club Prize

Posted by jonathanfryer on Tuesday, 2nd September, 2008

Sod’s Law has it that every time I have a nice dinner lined up, the TV rings and asks me to do a live Press Review — but I can’t complain, as they pay, and I know that if I said ‘no’ they would only ask someone else… So, I missed the middle bit of the Biographers’ Club prize-giving dinner at the Savile Club earlier this evening, at which the accolades went to Michael Bundock of the Johnson Society for his work on Samuel Johnson, whose tercentenary falls next year. I don’t think this is the same Michael Bundock who wrote an erudite tome on shipping law, but I can’t be sure. Infuriatingly, I was seated at the same table as him, but alas, by the time I had returned from the TV studio (the Savile had kept a dinner warm for me, bless them, maybe because I used to be a member), he was up and gone. Similarly, I missed hearing the main speaker, my old chum Simon Callow, who has written on fellow thespians Charles Laughton and Orson Welles. However, I did get a chance to have a good reminiscence with him (mainly about Laughton’s next-door-neighbour in Santa Monica, Christopher Isherwood, whose biography I wrote). And as a penance for missing Simon’s speech, I promised that I will go to see him in the pantomime ‘Peter Pan’ in Richmond this Christmas. Sigh.


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