There's an amusing story surrounding NEL's (New English Library - publishers
of Calvert's novel Hype).
in one of his rages, phoned their senior editor during the Frankfurt
Book Fair just to call him a "fat, bearded cunt.".
I remember both wincing (as his agent) and also howling with laughter.
He was completely justified (if commercially suicidal) as NEL treated
both him and his book very shabbily. <
Cooper - from an interview / article on Calvert; 1976:
> As a hero
Calvert cites Noel
Coward, as he survived being a child star and constitued working
well into old age.
If Coward was something of a prolific upper-class gentleman, then
so is Bob.
During the interview he throws quite astonishing ideas around as
if they were nothing in particular and goes off at length to talk
about ideas he's had for books,
and many other forms of literary
art. If he wishes for a career that will take him into old age,
it looks like he's found one.
So don't say
you've not been warned. When you're about ready for your old age
pension, you'll turn on your TV (it'll be built in your head by
then) and see a three-D image of an ancient Calvert busily engrossed
in a chat show discussing the Alfala crop collective farmers of
Signus 5's latest dramatic attempt to revive the ancient art of
With a suave English smile, Calvert will twirl his cigarette holder
and intone something like: