This is David, Beck's Dad
here. Don't be confused I write under the pen-name
of Max Robinson. I would like to tell you about a
book I wrote a long time ago and
how we can turn this into a fun OurRebakah project
to support Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham.
Are you sitting comfortably ?
Then I'll begin.
When I was still a teenager, fifty years ago, I
started writing stories as a hobby. Little has
changed. I tend to average five or six hundred words
a day for what ever story/book I am playing around
with. Up to now I have written mainly as a
hobby but this going to have to change.
first published book was Peter's Magic Fountain Pen
which I wrote for my oldest son's 12th birthday, he
will be 37 in September. In those days I wrote under
the pen-name of Jonathan Flie, today I use Max
My grandson Adam asked if I had a copy of the book
he could read so I climbed up into the loft and dug
about until I found one.
Also in the loft I found a typed manuscript for
another book I had written at the same time - The
Wild Adventures of Di Central Eating. While the
magic fountain pen is specifically for a younger
reader Di could appeal to both a child and an adult.
It is an adult's view of a child's life.
Sadly, I simply did not get my act
together and it never was published.
Bringing that manuscript out of the loft and into
of day for the first time in twenty-five
years I opened it to read the dedication page - TO REBEKAH
WITH ALL MY LOVE.
Di's adventures are now published as an
e-book on Amazon. When Beck was in hospital in Oxford
I purchased a download for her. I don't
think she was that impressed !
Both Di and his adventures are fictional
but all are based on experiences from my own childhood.I
tend to write a book or story, publish it on Amazon
then forget about it as I start work on the next
Amazon is for ever pushing me to
promote my stories and make some money from them but
that is not what it is about for me, I write for fun
and not to become the next Roald Dhal.
Roald Dahl ! Ah -
you pick up any book by Roald Dhal you read not only
his words but something else. A Roald Dhal book is a
collaboration with this man - Quentin Blake.
His utterly brilliant illustrations make the book
far, far more than just words.
I am sure Road Dhal could not possibly have achieved
all he did without Quentin Blake and Quentin Blake,
in my opinion,
has never received proper credit for what he
is EXACTLY the same with A A Milne's Winnie the Pooh
stories. The illustrations make them what they are.
The Illustrator for Milne's stories was E H Shepard.
Here they are.
A A Milne on the left, E H Shepard on the right and
Winnie The Pooh, of course, in the middle.
Taking a third example look at the amazing illustrations
supporting Terry Pratchett's work.
I have never bothered to produce my books on Amazon
in hard copy but I have felt for a long time that of
all I have written The Wild Adventures of Di Central
Eating has the potential to be a strong selling
work. I resist the expression best selling
work ! To achieve this it would need to be
illustrated. Read the text for yourself and see what
you think. All of the chapters are linked at
the bottom of the page.
Di Central Eating could do well but NOT without it
I have thought about finding an illustrator, thought
of different ways to find my own Quentin Blake or E
H Shepard but have done little more than think.
I have an idea. It is an idea I do so much
hope that someone would like to pick up
and to work with me to make Di a famous little boy.
Let me share it here.
would like to suggest that we take the story into
a school and invite the school to make Di one of
I would spend time telling the children in the school
telling them all
about Di and getting then to draw the pictures for each
chapter. The illustrations would
not be professional drawings as are those in the
books of Road Dahl, Terry Pratchett and A A Milne
but they would be so much better better and far, far more real.
Having pictures drawn by the actual readers of Di's
adventures would be special - extra special.
I am suggesting we take some fly-on-the-wall
photographs of the illustrations being made, I can
do this, and add a gallery at the end of the book.
The head teacher of the school we work with will
write the foreword.
We will publish Di Eating in paperback form on
Amazon. The royalties from every copy we sell will
be given direct to Ronald McDonald House in
Ronald McDonald House at Birmingham's Childrens'
Hospotal provides 66 bedrooms for families who have
a child sick in hospital. In addition it gives
families the opportunity to cook together, to eat
together so sharing eperiences and offering support
to one another. The house also has a lounge, kitchen
and play area for families visiting the hospital for
1n 2016 Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham helped
1,183 familes to stay close to their children in
Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham is more than
just a place to stay. It offers comfort, support and
a safe environment where families can interact,
share their experiences and know that they will
always have a shoulder to cry on. Extended families
are invited to visit. The house hosts events and
workshops to keep families strong and always full of
The house is round the corner from Birmingham's
Childrens' Hospital enabling families to continue
their lives with some degree of normality, knowing
they are just moments from heir child's bedside. To
make them feel even closer to their child each room
in the house has a direct phone line to the child's
OurRebekah is all about having fun, doing some
amazing, crazy and often silly things. It is all
about smiling and helping others to smile. As we do
this we will support Ronald McDonald House
Charities as it
puts a loving arm around families with sick children in hospital,
people who are going through some very hard times.
Spend a few moments with
us here, check out our different events then come
and have lots and lots of fun with us.
You are visitor number
to our website. Thank You
for dropping by.
When we republish the book there will be a
dedication page for each chapter.
The Wild Adventures Of Di
Central Eating will be
dedicated to: All who take part in the Fun
Run and all who have sponsored the runners + Sir
Garfield Sobers and the person who buys his
autographed photograph in our e-bay auction.
Di's First Fish
will be dedicated to: All who appear in our
Smile Of The Month list
CHAPTER THREE Platinum Plated Pitchforks
will be dedicated to: Those who over the
years gave special support to Rebekah as she lived
with her medical condition
Platinum Pathfinders In Space
will be dedicated to: All taking part in and
all sponsoring Fire A Rocket To beck
Rock And Roll Superstar
will be dedicated to: All who have provided
pop song items for our
e-bay auction and all who purchase them within our
will be dedicated to: All who attend our
doggie treasure hunt.
CHAPTER SEVEN Football Hooligan
will be dedicated to: All who have given
football items for our e-bay auction and all who
CHAPTER EIGHT The Great Trolley Race
will be dedicated to: All who have given
motor racing items to our e-bay auction and all who
And Then There Were Three
will be dedicated to: Those taking part in and those
who have sponsored our Three Peaks Challenge,
Lambeth Walk, Golden Gate Bridge Fun Run
The Gypsy's Curse
will be dedicated to: All who supported our