September 28th 1975

“Didn’t get up until 12-30. Nig came round in the afternoon. Wrote The Stranger essay for English”

I know what all you regular readers are thinking… does an original copy of that 1975 literary classic “The Stranger” still exist? Has it been preserved for all time, and for future generations?

This was, after all, the decade’s most hard-hitting short story – a pithy yet utterly captivating tale of intrigue, border guards, furtive glances, potential global destruction and, most importantly, dirty handkerchiefs. All set on something that appears to be the Trans-Siberian Express. No-one less than Spielberg tried to option the story, hoping to turn it into a Hollywood movie, provisionally retitled “Tossers on a Train”.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t Steven Spielberg who approached me, but Dave Spielberg, car mechanic and part-time film hobbyist from Hoboken, New Jersey.

Ladies & Gentlemen, after a long, hard-fought battle on eBay to win the original blue school exercise book (in the face of fierce bidding from both the British Library and the Smithsonian) I present – wearing my heart very much on my 17-year-old teenage sleeve – the original stunning manuscript of “The Stranger”. Read it and weep.

No, really, weep.















The End.

The winner of 1975’s Fooker Prize!

Archie, my English Language tutor thought otherwise….


Hey Archie, for an English teacher you have bloody awful handwriting!

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One response to “September 28th 1975

  1. Your English teacher is ‘old school’. He clearly read your essay and took time to patiently correct ‘sat’ to ‘sitting’ numerous times; he clearly understands grammar which has been to your benefit. Many English teachers these days not only don’t correct and encourage but seem not to actually know the basics.
    Plagiarism or not, the story was gripping and I read till the end which, frankly, was a bit predictable. (Ha! I’m being a teacher now!)

    Enjoyable blog. Thank you.

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