Tuesday, November 05, 2013

More info on the Brian McDermott mystery

I was in contact with the archive of the Otava publishing house, who put out the book that left me astounded some days back: Brian McDermott's The Battles, called Tuntematon tilaa näytännön in Finnish. Here's the original post on the subject.

So, the Otava publishing house still has the contract made with Brian McDermott. Unfortunately the contract didn't tell if McDermott's book was already published in book form in English, but the contract retained the possibility that the Finnish publisher could also use it as a serial in a film magazine. And a friend of mine happened to have the said magazines at hand, and - ta-taa! - Brian McDermott's story was indeed published as a serial in a magazine called Elokuva-aitta (Film Storehouse or some such in translation) in 1966-1967. This leaves the question: was McDermott's story published as a serial also in English? I don't seem to be able to find any trace on this possibility, though, but it's still a viable explanation.

However, there's also a possibility that McDermott wrote the story exclusively for the Finnish audience. It was said in the magazine that McDermott was a popular figure in Finnish television due to the BBC language program called Walter and Connie in which he performed. It was also said that the characters in the novel resemble the Walter and Connie of the show, so it's possible McDermott based his characters on them. (I still haven't had the chance to read the book, so can't comment on that.)

1 comment:

Juri Nummelin said...

This comment was made to my earlier post on the subject:

This book was published in the Netherlands in 1968.
He has written another book called "Red rum" which was published in 1967:
http://berenweb.nl/index.php?option=com_berenbase&view=book&id=1178&catid=21&Itemid=128.
On reverse of the book I have, at last!, found the author information:
Actor Brian McDermott is in the Netherlands and Belgium mainly known as Walter in the TV series Walter and Connie. Beginning in 1966 he also appeared in the TV thriller Melissa Francis Durbridge as Melissa's friend Don Page. McDermott had just started one, as he himself said, 'humorous novel about a married couple".

So we can safely say it was this Brian McDermott who wrote the books: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0567498/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm