Clerking for Boys

Harry Spittle is 24 and an articled clerk at Clifford Risely, a three partner firm of Solicitors based in Central London.  It is June 1981 and all appears rosy. In six months he will qualify as a solicitor; his on-off girlfriend Penny has asked to move into his flat; his flat mate Gary Dobbs has landed a plum job and can repay Harry the money he owes on back rent; Harry’s sister has secured a place at university in Newcastle which means she’s unlikely to visit much; and his father has written to say he has ‘good news on the home front’.

Indeed the only fly in Harry’s life appears to be Harry’s boss, Jeremy Panther (the junior partner who at 29 thinks he is God’s gift to the law) who has left Harry a mountain of work while he holidays in Greece. Still, Harry tells himself, the first Test match of the England v Australia Ashes series is starting so there’s something to look forward to. And if he can find five minutes peace and quiet he’ll look at solicitor firms to which he might apply for a job when he qualifies. After all, under the Tories everyone is exalted to get out and improve themselves and Harry Spittle plans on going places.

Harry Spittle is the hero of my book, Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle; as my NaNoWriMo challenge this year I will begin the process of bringing the follow up to life.


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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13 Responses to Clerking for Boys

  1. Annecdotist says:

    What a great idea to take Harry on to the next stage, Geoff, although I imagine he’s still very much an adolescent at 24. Do you think you’ll manage those 50,000 words along with your travels?
    I’m not doing NaNoWriMo but I am quite excited about starting a new novel project tomorrow along with all the sprinters. At this stage, anything seems possible.


  2. lucciagray says:

    Good luck with the follow up!

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    This is going to be a cut and dried case of success!! 3

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  4. I like it. Good luck with NaNo this year. You already know Harry so well, it should be fun to see what he’s gotten himself up to.


  5. lorilschafer says:

    So exciting! Can’t wait to read Harry’s next adventure! 🙂

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