The Guardsman of Murray Hill

Biographies & Memoirs

By R. M. Gibson

Publisher : Black Leaf Publishing

ABOUT R. M. Gibson

R. M. Gibson
Born during the 20th Century’s Great Depression, R. M. Gibson spent his early years in rural, north central Indiana.  After a diverse and interesting career including, amongst other things, serving on a minesweeper during the Korean conflict, working for the company that built the A More...


In this unique collection of taleseach encompassing an array of differing situations and evoking a variety of emotionswe meet a collection of  interesting and often somewhat questionable characters who visit The Guardsman, a pub that could have inspired the television programme Cheers. Amongst the regulars, and some not so regular, you'll find an English poet working as a janitor, and an inventor sadly lacking in entrepreneurial skills to mention but two. You will also observe the fascinating traits in people and learn the hilarious, not to be missed, story about a curious needlepoint hanging. Here is a set of vignettes that are equally entertaining whether read as a whole or picked up and put down at will, as each chapter is a story in its own right.  Either way, the book cannot fail to charm and delight.

In this book, which is at times funny, serious and sad, we meet many characters who visit The Guardsman, a pub that could have inspired the T.V. programme “Cheers”.

Among the regulars you will observe the varying traits in people and learn the hilarious, not to be missed, story behind a curious needlepoint hanging. I was very pleased to see a book that was a collection of sketches or vignettes.  This allows readers to pick up and put the book down at will.

I enjoyed this book as I could “dip in and dip out”.  I admired the skill of the author in his close observations of his characters and his ability to produce laughter, feelings of poignancy and anger in the reader. 

I would recommend this book to all readers.

Mary Mansell – Oxford

This is a part-fictional collection of short stories based around a Saloon called The Guardsman in an area of New York City. It is a collection of short stories linked together by the same backdrop, The Guardsman – a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

The author’s love and affection for the saloon is obvious and quite becoming, and I can feel the passion and sentimentality coming from the writer.  I have no doubt had I been there and experienced what he did, I would have loved it just as much, and have just as fond thoughts and unforgettable stories, as he has.

Anyone who enjoys reminiscing about certain eras in their life, particularly those spent in a favourite pub/saloon will identify with this.  The writing is consistent, well-linked, good sentence structure and good grammar and I would recommend this book primarily for the older generation.

Angela Christian – London