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Nov 30, 2011

Authorized Biography called, “George Price: A life Revealed”

Throughout his storied life and illustrious career in politics there have been quite a number of publications written about Father of the Nation, George Cadle Price.  While those books delved into the man and his many achievements none were sanctioned by him until he was approached by former government minister and now practicing attorney, Godfrey Smith two years ago.  In February 2009, Smith received Price’s blessing to embark on a memoir which would detail his life and times as a Belizean iconoclast.  The process of penning Price’s biography was extensive, requiring Smith, the author, to sit with the elder statesman several days a week to document his many trials and tribulations.  The result is George Price: A Life Revealed, a magnum opus written and compiled at the sunset of Price’s life.  Throughout the entire project Smith said he focused primarily on the ease with which the chapters can be read.

Godfrey Smith, Biographer

Godfrey Smith

“Ever present, I think the most, the thing that hovered over my shoulder and my back at all times during this project was [the fact that] I wanted readability.  I wanted it to move along, I wanted it to be well paced, as detailed as it can be, historically accurate as it could be but at the same time [enjoyable].  And I must say that the editors helped with that as well because one of the first rules I’m told about writing is that you have to be prepared to kill your children, meaning your intellectual children.  You put all this stuff there but you have to know that when the editors come down to start tearing out, cutting out, excising.  And they helped a lot because for local readership I thought that there was a lot of stuff that they would want to hear, verbal exchanges, descriptions of persons and what so and so did because we all know these persons or have heard of them but the editors felt that you have to balance that with readership abroad and they don’t want to get bogged down.  They don’t want to know about this street and what was at the edge of this street, who da who fa cousin and that kind of thing.  They essentially want a well researched and as analytical as possible a work on the man’s life.”

Smith reveals information not published before about Price and we’ll have the content of the book when George Price: A Life Revealed is formally launched on Friday at the House of Culture in Belize City.

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1 Response for “Authorized Biography called, “George Price: A life Revealed””

  1. joseph a, vernon says:

    good job outstanding, you did fantastic tell it like it is, also anthony channona made very solid comment as i grew up with anthony and have tremendous respect for his family hard working belizeans that made great cointributions to the bealizean economy through citrus, the jewel will find it true place in this trouble world.

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