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Featured Title: Woodiss is Willing by Henry Woodiss

Friday, August 19, 2016
Featured Title, Woodiss is Willing, Henry Woodiss, On My Kindle Book Reviews

This featured title post is rather unique because the author of the book is no longer with us. The editor of the book, George Dalrymple, was kind enough to complete the mini-interview; however, he prefers the focus to remain on the author, Henry Woodiss.

Name: George Dalrymple, Editor
Book Title: Woodiss is Willing by Henry Woodiss
Genre: Fictionalised memoir
Publication Date: August 26, 2016

Woodiss is Willing, Henry Woodiss, On My Kindle Book Reviews

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Henry Woodiss was the simple English gamekeeper whose affair with his boss’s wife thrust him into one of the most sensational scandals of the 1920s. He was vilified in the Press, a common man who had seduced a lady. She was Edith, the wife of a severely disabled war veteran, Sir Conngsby Coninsby-Clarke.

Many years later, Woodiss wrote his account of these events. He tells how Lady Edith, who had artistic pretensions, ordered him to pose naked in the woods, sketched him, then shamelessly exploited her social position to seduce him.At the outbreak of war in 1914, Woodiss, enlisted in a local infantry regiment. Before he was twenty-one he had been grievously wounded twice, decorated for distinguished conduct and ordered to take a commission. Late in the war, Sir Con was posted to Woodiss’s battalion. Within two days of going into the line, Sir Con was on his way home. He would be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.

On leaving the army Woodiss became Con’s gamekeeper. After their affair came to light, Woodiss suffered his first painful encounters with Edith’s relatives, notably her grandmother, the eccentric Dowager Lady Topbottom, and he endured a humiliating interview with her father, whose insults Woodiss never forgave.

Despite this traumatic start, the couple developed a loving relationship. After her divorce, Edith married Woodiss. They settled in a house, provided by her family, in an obscure northern town. This was Birstall, in the former Heavy Woollen District of the West Riding. Edith’s passion for Woodiss did not diminish, and the couple enjoyed a loving and contented life until her untimely death. Shortly after Edith died, war broke out and Woodiss, a Territorial Army officer, was called up. The war seemed a welcome distraction, but it was not long before he was again seriously injured and, to his dismay, discharged from the army.

His story is presented in fictionalised form, as a comic novel, satirical, raunchy and bitterly satirical. He lampoons everybody - not least himself, whom he depicts as a buffoon, at the mercy of religious zealots and a succession of predatory women.
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1. What was the inspiration for this book?
Woodiss’ story had never been published, and I felt it was time people heard what he had to say. His writing style appears that on the one hand he wanted to ‘put the record straight’, but on the other he seemed not to want people to know who the author was. He wrote in a straightforward manner, as if telling a serious story, but he presented everything as a joke.
2. Which character in this book do you relate to the most? Why?
Henry Woodiss. He overcame many challenges and although he makes fun of himself as he became part of the scandal, he later found the courage to write his story.
3. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Arvine Welsh, Caitlin Moran, George R. R. Martin
4. What are you currently reading?
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
5. What do you enjoy doing when you are not reading or writing?

About Henry Woodiss

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