We’re super happy to get our hands on this hard copy of Never Assume – the first story in The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs series.
At this stage, this is the only print version that exists in the world - and that’s a pretty awesome feeling!
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We’ve been asked a few times, what motivates us to write this series of short stories. Without a doubt, we'd have to say it’s the quirky nature of the series and the whole world that has been created around it. We love being a part of it and being able to share it with our readers.
| ‘Mrs Griffs’ anger had evaporated. Her husband’s funny expressions always made her smile and she knew that the best course of action was just to let him be.’ |
A line from Never Assume – the first story in The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs series. In this scene, Mrs Griffs catches her husband planning his revenge on their neighbour, Steve Moran, with Ruby and Lucy (two lovely girls that they often babysit). After telling him off, Mr Griffs somehow manages, with his usual cheekiness, to get out of trouble. Although Mr Griffs can be grumpy at times, and won’t hesitate to call someone off, he has a boyish charm. It also helps that Mr Griffs’ Northern English accent and eccentric way for looking at things often makes him endearing.
Mr Griffs often likes talking about random topics. Recently, he’d been going on about mushrooms. So we asked him, what it is about mushrooms that you like so much?
Half ignoring our question, Mr Griffs replied, ‘I still haven’t been able to find a good recipe for mushroom soup. Do you know of any?’
There you have it. Mr Griffs’ greatest conundrum of the week. Does anyone out there have an answer for Mr Griffs? If not, perhaps you should ask yourself, when was the last time you had a good mushroom soup. Does such a thing even exist?
| ‘Why was Steve so caught up in his life?
After all, why would Steve care about what a sixty-something year-old retiree, who liked to occasionally sunbake shirtless in the privacy of his backyard, was doing? What could he possibly get up to?' |
On the surface, Mr Griffs and Steve Moran are polar opposites and seem to disapprove of the other’s lifestyle. But, yet, they often get caught up in each other’s lives. Steve, can’t help but snoop on his neighbour as he is always searching for validation of his own superiority. Everything about Mr Griffs rubs Steve the wrong way - but also highlights to himself how his way of life, his appearance, and his behaviour is the better of the two.
On the other hand, Mr Griffs is curious by nature. He has to know how everything works and why anyone acts the way they do. But, ironically, he is completely unaware of how his actions confuse and often provoke people. From Mr Griffs’ perspective he is just living his life. Who cares what people think of him?
This particular quote, in Never Assume, emphasises how Steve is always interfering and looking for faults in Mr Griffs. But underlying this, is the idea that Mr Griffs’ eccentric behaviour often draws attention to himself. Often unknowingly.
All Things Griffs
Mr Griffs leads a peaceful life. Or so he claims to. He lives on a quiet street, Pickle Mouse Crescent, in the idyllic town of Cornville. Yet for some reason, Mr Griffs always manages to find trouble. Or does trouble find him?