Meet Prue Philipson as she describes the inspiration around Pembleton Myth a novel set in Newcastle and Northumberland.
Paul Pembleton, an Area Planning Officer in the fifties when planning was still new, acts the part of the archetypal Renaissance man, cultured, urbane, self-assured, while the ‘Pembleton Myth’ at the office adds quicksilver mind, infallible memory, and the ability to do several things at once with unimpaired efficiency. The novel covers one day which exposes his vulnerability. In the morning he has to battle with the plotting of a colleague who wants to undermine him and with the untimely revelation of a blunder by his assistant. In the afternoon he faces challenging site visits culminating at a remote farmhouse where his life is actually put in danger. In the evening he loses his temper and strikes his young daughter, appalling himself. Who is he? Pembleton, the planning officer or Paul, the flawed man. Along the way the novel reveals, with humour and poignancy, the family problems of himself and his colleagues, and the moral dilemmas lurking behind the scenes.