They say to be a successful author you should pick one genre and stick to it. Lewis Williams hasn't exactly followed that advice: having written his first book on the singer Scott Walker, he followed that with a serious academic work on social policy, which he then followed with a trilogy of limerick books that were absolutely, categorically nothing remotely like his earlier books. His latest book project has been to edit the forthcoming Corona Book of Horror Stories, to which he has also contributed a story.
Scott Walker - The Rhymes of Goodbye
A Generation of Change, a Lifetime of Difference?
Lewis's first book was published by Plexus, London in 2006 and is on the music of the singer Scott Walker, whose unique career has seen him go from 1960s pop star pin-up to 21st century avant-garde musician via a series of early solo albums that saw him acclaimed a 'God-like genius'.
A Generation of Change, a Lifetime of Difference? was written with social policy academic Martin Evans and published by Policy Press, Bristol in 2009.
It is a study of social policy in Britain since 1979, in particular using a novel lifetime analysis approach to put the tax and benefit policies of Old Labour, the Conservatives and New Labour into perspective.
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Fair rewards or just deserts? The present and future of the contributory principle in the UK
In addition to writing A Generation of Change with Martin Evans, Lewis undertook his own social policy 'solo project', publishing "Fair rewards or just deserts? The present and future of the contributory principle in the UK" in Benefits, The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.
You can read the abstract and purchase the full text from here
The Great British Limerick Book - Filthy limericks for (nearly) every town in the UK
Surely it can’t be done. But it has been done. For the first time in the history of mankind someone has been dedicated enough and fool enough to write a filthy limerick for every town in the UK which, unlike Leeds or Devizes, doesn’t already have a classic filthy limerick to call its own.
From Land’s End to John o’ Groats, The Great British Limerick Book has a filthy limerick for your town, for your uncle’s town, for your cousin’s husband’s ex-wife’s town ... as long as it’s in the UK and as long as it isn’t one of those few places that are really impossible to find a rhyme for.
There are over 900 limericks in the book. A lot of them are hilarious. Most of them are very funny. All of them are filthy.
At McDonald's in Guildford in Surrey
I spilt coffee on my crotch in a scurry
I had to act quick
To cool down my dick
So I stuck it into my McFlurry
In Ashington there was a miner
Whose wife was a fashion designer
One night to his shock
She dressed him up as a cock
And herself as a six foot vagina
There was a young man from Nuneaton
Who really enjoyed being beaten
And squeezing his knackers
With a pair of nut crackers
And riding a bike with no seat on
Visit gb-limericks.com the book's companion site for more details
The Scottish Limerick Book - Filthy limericks for every town in the Scotland
From the author of The Great British Limerick Book, comes a second limerick book with more of the very finest in vulgar humour and this time a filthy limerick for every town in Scotland. The Scottish Limerick Book includes scores of newly written limericks and covers Scotland so comprehensively that it gives every town, city or village in the country with a population of 3,000 people or more a filthy limerick to call its own.
There are over 250 limericks in the book. A lot of them are hilarious. Most of them are very funny. All of them are filthy.
Visit www.scottishlimericks.com the book's website to read more limericks now
Beith, North Ayrshire
They staged a biblical play once in Beith
But the costumes were a little too brief
The end of Adam’s wang
Did quite clearly hang
Out from under his tiny fig leaf
In Grangemouth there’s an oil refinery
A port, a canal and a winery
And to thrill you to bits
All the girls have 10 tits
That is if you count them in binary
The Oxbridge Limerick Book - Filthy limericks for every college in Oxford and Cambridge
Presenting the very finest in vulgar humour, The Oxbridge Limerick Book revives the ancient and noble art of the filthy limerick, injects it with a large dose of twenty-first century humour and applies it to the venerable institutions of Oxford and Cambridge, giving every college in the two universities a filthy limerick to call its own. The results will cause hilarity and provoke outrage, with what is quite possibly the best and most original little book of filthy limericks to be published since 1928.
Lewis Williams went to Darwin College, Cambridge (for one evening, that is, in 2015 for a dinner he was invited to). On the other hand, he did genuinely work at Oxford University for a number of years. His ignominious departure from its employ had nothing whatsoever to do with his writing rude limericks concerning the place or its employees.