The Man from Del Monte
Was it the inscription ‘Commit no nuisance’ engraved on the Welsh Bridge leading out of Shrewsbury into Wales that was the trigger? Or the bogus claim made by my grandparents that the people of Aberystwyth ate a lot of cheese and jelly sandwiches (as did I)?
Either way, at the age of nine I decided to leave the town of my birth, disguise myself as a citizen of Aberystwyth and go to live among them.
I ate the same food as they did, spoke as they did, and like them watered my crust of bread each night with tears.
The sense of betrayal I felt on arriving in Aberystwyth and finding it wasn’t true about the sandwiches never left me and became the grain of sand in the oyster that eventually led to my Aberystwyth Noir series of novels.
I read German at the Universities of Warwick and Freiburg. After that I became, for a while, the world’s worst aluminium salesman, raising the art of not selling aluminium to levels which have seldom been matched since.
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Babylon, Shangri-La, Xanadu…all these great cities have one thing in common: They are difficult to get to. Aberystwyth, by contrast, is just around the corner. Why not sample the delights of this beautiful and oh, so iconic seaside town in the company of Malcolm Pryce, author of the acclaimed Aberystwyth Noir detective books?
Aberystwyth Mon Amour – The Walking Tour takes about an hour, but the memory will last a lifetime. It takes you from the railway station to the harbour in the company of Louie Knight – Aberystwyth’s only private eye – and a host of favorite characters from the books, including Sospan, Cadwaladr, and even a walk-on part by…God!