Paul Gallico

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  • Gallico's original story The Poseidon Adventure ended with the sinking of one-time queen of the sea. Irwin Allen's original film ended with the ship still afloat.  Gallico was approached to write this sequel to the film and not a sequel to his original novel. Some of the 'survivors' make a reappearance; which also involves salvage men, a Communist killer and a beautiful lady pirate, a Vietnam veteran and a New York cop as the wrecked Poseidon becomes a battleground for a cargo of contraband...looted gold.
  • Gallico ended his  blockbuster novel The Poseidon Adventure with the sinking of the overturned luxury ship as a scant handful of survivors looked on. After the success of the first film of the same name (which ended with the ship still afloat) he was approached by Irwin Allen to write a sequel following on from the film's ending, rather than that of the novel. Mr. Gallico obliged with this further adventure featuring survivors and salvagers, a Communist killer, a beautiful girl pirate, a Vietnam veteran and a New York cop - the stricken Poseidon becomes a battle ground and the prize is a fortune in looted gold.

  • Described as 'mainly autobiographical' by Gallico, this is a collection of some of his short stories that appeared in American and British magazines, spanning the years from his very first which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post to later stories which reflected his life in Europe. Of course, there is always more to the tale than first appears. From where did the idea come? How much of the writer's personal life, personality and personal problems have got into the telling? For each story in this volume, Gallico has written a separate background. The tales herein: McKabe; Flood; Did You See The Coronation? The Roman Kid; The Witch Of Woonsapucket; Penntifer's Plan; Oh, Them Golden Mittens; Thief Is An Ugly Word; The Dowry; Verna; The Enchanted Doll; The Glass Door; The Awful Secret of M. Bonneval; The Hat; The Silver Swans; The Silent Hostages; Shut Up Little Dog; Love Is A Gimmick; The Lost Hour; Orchestrations for Twelfth Night.
  • June 2, 1953.  A great day for the Commonwealth - the crowning of the young, beautiful Elizabeth II.  Will Clagg, steelworker, his wife Violet, their two children Johnny and Gwinny and Grumbling Granny are determined to see this wondrous event.  No matter how long the day, nor the obstacles to be encountered...Each one learns a great deal on this day, and returns home laden with life-long gifts they never expected.
  • Coronation Day, 2 June 1953! The Clagg family from Sheffield are determined to be a part of the momentuous day:  Will, a steelworker and his wife Violet, their two children Johnny and Gwenny and grumbling Granny. During the long hours of Coronation Day, each of the five go through a profound change - they learn to relinquish their own desires and their own ends, and each return home laden with gifst that would remain with them for the rest of their lives.
  • June 2, 1953.  A great day for the Commonwealth - the crowning of the young, beautiful Elizabeth II.  Will Clagg, steelworker, his wife Violet, their two children Johnny and Gwinny and Grumbling Granny are determined to see this wondrous event.  No matter how long the day, nor the obstacles to be encountered...Each one learns a great deal on this day, and returns home laden with life-long gifts they never expected. A book that could be read in one rainy afternoon - but  what it teaches is life-long.
  • When London charlady Mrs Harris sees the beautiful Dior gown of one of her lady customers, she is determined to have one for herself - even if it means walking to walk instead of catching the bus, giving up 'the pictures' and a drop of gin in the pub once a week with her neighbour Violet; and taking in sewing at home to do after a long day's work.  But when she cheerfully sets of for Paris, she has no idea how hard and difficult the purchase of a Dior gown will be.
  • Set in England prior to the coronation of Elizabeth II.  Mrs 'Arris is a charlady, hard-working, cheerful and always obliging.  When she sees the beautiful Dior gown that one of her titled ladies will wear to the Coronation festivities, Mrs. 'Arris is determined to have one too.  And she can - if she gives up catching the bus...and going to the cinema...and going to the pub for a drop of gin with her neighbour...and if she takes on extra work and does some sewing from home...She faces all manner of obstacles and snobbery and unwittingly does some good on her journey, but she is determined.  Made into a beautiful film, Mrs.  'Arris Goes To Paris with Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Ada 'Arris. and Omar Sharif
  • Gallico's unforgettable fantasy of a small boy transformed into a stray cat and befriended by indomitable Jennie, who initiates him into the cat-lore of the London streets.