Final stage for the gnomes

Troy Books has finished the printing proof of The Gnome Manuscript part one, and it looks stunning again. The book has been transformed into the Troy Books house style, and currently I am going to read it over to find the last of the mistakes that slipped my attention. I already caught a few when I... Lees verder →

The Gnome Manuscript pre-order!

Pre-order for The Gnome Manuscript part one: Origins, habit and culture has started last Friday on the website of Troy Books, you can pre-order the book here. Up to the left you see the paperback version, next to that the standard hardback version and below the special edition. This time the special edition is limited to 100... Lees verder →

There are things brewing…

The pre-order of The Gnome Manuscript part one: origins, habit and culture is drawing near. I have seen the promo-video Troy Books have made for promotion and it is looking splendid, with great music by Anna Dowling and some footage we shot already in 2018. There is a nice story to tell about the footage. We... Lees verder →

Paravisie interview

Although long overdue, the interview with yours truly has been published in Paravisie magazine. You can get a copy in the local bookstore, or you can order it here. Although in Dutch, a translation will be made available shortly. The interview was conducted in October last year, but the content is still up to date with... Lees verder →

De Charentes

A long overdue update on the research into the life of Bob Richel. After four days of Parisian mayhem we were up for some peace and quiet, so we got into the car for our travel to the south-western part of France, De Charentes, where Bob's daughter Jeannet lives with her husband. And the muse... Lees verder →


Fridaymorning 21st June we left at 04.00 AM for a trip to France, first to Paris, where I want to go visit the locations Bob Richel held so dear, and after that we go to the Richel family for some final archival research and interviews. There are still some things unclear of what Bob has... Lees verder →

Trailer for part one of The Gnome Manuscript

There is a simple teasertrailer for the upcoming release of my new book The Gnome Manuscript: origins, habits and culture. Part one. I really like it's simplicity, and the fact that the emphasis is on the works by Eldermans, and not on me personally 😉 © 2019  Wilmar Taal  

Much needed update!

There have been some developments recently which I need to share with you. The research on Bob's book is about to reach completion. There are three more interviews to be planned, the skeletal version of the book is almost finished and the title of the book has changed. The English title will be "Traveller in... Lees verder →

Long overdue update

The work on Hermaphroditus is slowly progressing. The interviews are almost done, but two people who manage to escape me every time I try to make a call. But once those are done, and one new interview-candidate has come on the horizon, we will depart for France. First we go to Paris for a few days,... Lees verder →

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