DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
My name now is Max Fine. My parents named me Maxwell so for many years I was known as Maxwell Feinstein.
Whilst sitting on my balcony, observing the sun slip away slowly below the horizon, I ruminate about my past life and how much longer I have in this world.
I was born in South Africa to German Jewish parents after the family escaped from Germany in 1936.
I am writing this book as my ultimate legacy. I am dying from a severe case of congenital heart disease for which there is no cure. Only a heart transplant can save me. At my age?
I have my thoughts and memories. Both are fully functional but may be somewhat fanciful.
The story is about my family and me. I retell some events that happened (or at least that I believe happened) over several generations. Naturally, I was not present at every event so, to that extent, these are either hearsay or my interpretational memories.
I make no apology for spending time on my gap year before attending university since it was one of my most enjoyable times, if not the best. I was a naïve 17-year-old, seeing the world for the first time. In those few months, I became a man.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Colin Lederman (also known as Lord of Ashton) was born in London, England, in 1937.(Lord of Ashton is a Manorial Title. It relates to a village in Northamptonshire, England. The title has been in existence since the Magna Carter in 1066.) He is a retired Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having practised assiduously for almost 60 years in London, England, and Netanya, Israel. He has a doctorate in Business Administration, and at the age of 70, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Metaphysical Science. This book is his first novel, written at the mature age of 84 during the raging Covid-19 epidemic. His chief hobbies include oil and acrylic painting, writing song lyrics and rhyming verses for family occasions. A family man, married for sixty years to his dear wife Jill, both of whom enjoy their two children, nine grandchildren and twelve great-granddaughters - so far.