A place where fans of author and comic and all round fabulous bloke, Frank Muir, can share their memories and anecdotes.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
So why did I start this tribute page?
I knew Frank Muir as the author of the What-a-Mess books, about the fat, scruffy Afghan hound whose real name was Prince Amir of Kinjan. Most know him as the other half of Denis Norden, from the radio days of My Word! and My Music.
In the early 1980s my father bought me the What-a-Mess book as a present. He had an asthma attack while he tried to read it to me because he laughed so hard. So, after dad recovered, we wrote to Mr Muir, who was kind enough to write back. Little did he realise what he was getting himself into, because I kept writing to Frank, and he kept writing back. Finally, in Christmas 1994, my husband Stephen and I flew to the UK from Australia and met Frank for a gorgeous lunch at the Groucho Club, in London. He was a tall, healthy avuncular type and we got on like a house on fire. He had given up wearing his bow ties at that stage. Apart from being witty and charming, he paid for lunch.
In October 1997, Frank sent me a copy of his autobiography, A Kentish Lad. On the inscription he wrote: "To Ebony, my very favourite piece of Australia, with simply bucketfuls of love, Frank." The book got rave reviews in all the UK papers, which was a fitting tribute. If you'd like to know more about Frank, then get a copy of his book and enjoy. You probably need somewhere quiet, or you'll draw a few strange looks as you smirk, snigger and snuffle. On the other hand, read it on public transport and share the love.
Lastly I would like to thank the Muir family. In April 1999, Frank's wife Polly opened up his collection for us help make this tribute as comprehensive as possible. It was with deep sorrow that we learned from Sally Muir that Polly died in October, 2004.
I created the Frank Muir Tribute website in late 1999 and ten years later, it's time to make it a blog (much easier to update).
I have dedicated my first novel, Ondine: The Summer of Shambles to Frank. Ondine is in stores in April 2010. (sorry, can't help it!)