H R F Keating, 31 October 1926 to 27 March 2011

by flambardblog

Peter and Margaret Lewis write:

We first heard Harry Keating reading from his manuscript of ‘Jack, the Lady Killer’ at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. It was a suitably literary setting for someone who was always a fine practitioner of the English language. Flambard Press published this crime novel in verse a year later in 1999. Many readers were quickly engrossed by  the fast-moving narrative with its Indian Raj setting and forgot that it was a poem.

Keating had previously published a book of short stories with Flambard, ‘In Kensington Gardens Once. . . ‘ in 1997. These gentle crime stories show the keenly observant eye and humour that was often evident in his more mainstream crime fiction.

Although Flambard played a very small part in his distinguished literary career we were very pleased to be able add him to our list. He was a friend for many years and his kindly presence will be very much missed in literary gatherings.