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An Ode to the Good Old British Sunday Lunch: Len Deighton

Sunday lunch was always a tradition growing up. The only meal of the week guaranteed that all the family members would be in attendance - it was mandatory! Even today, it’s a tradition we still hold on to, 5,000 miles away from my original home town in the north of England!

Len Deighton:

Sunday lunch is a sacred ritual for Englishmen of my generation. You eat at home. With luck it's raining so you can't work in the garden.

You monitor the open fire diligently, while sipping an aperitif of your choice. Should a mood of desperate intellectuality overcome you, you might peruse the Sunday papers, reassured by the certainty that there will be no news in them.

At the appointed time, with an appreciative family audience, you carve thin slices from a large piece of roasted meat and, if possible, cabbage, roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. You divide it unequally amongst the family according to whim.

You eventually do the same with a sweet, stodgy, cooked dessert that is accompanied by both custard and cream.

You doze.”


Willy Mitchell is an indie author, writer, and storyteller. His first title was Operation ARGUS, and then the sequel Bikini BRAVO where a group of former Special Air Service operatives enter the dark and murky world of maskirovka and discover the lengths that some people will go for power and greed. Cold COURAGE tells the epic tale of Shackleton's 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition and all that was happening in those extraordinary times. Book four, Northern ECHO is about to be released and tells the story of two boys growing up during the punk rock revolution in the north of England, and how a dark secret keeps them apart until the end. Mitchell's latest installment, about to be released at the end of 2020, is Gipsy MOTH about his Aunt Nikki, her friend, and fellow Aviatrix, Amy Johnson, and Amelia Earhart on the other side of the pond during the golden age of aviation.

Up next? SS Indigo is the story of an eclectic mix of guests mysteriously invited to a cruise on a luxury steamship around the Caribbean. The only thing they have in common is their lust for power, advancement, and wealth.

All of Mitchell's books so far are novels, works of fiction, blended with real events. For further information or how to buy his books, visit his author website:

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