Who was villain David Dragonpol in John Gardner's Never Send Flowers (1993) based on in real life?

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  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    I've been meaning to update this thread with another thought - is David Dragonpol really a Vincent van Gogh type of temperamental and artistical madman who would have probably severely mutilated his body when he became completely deluded and self-destructive? It'd be interesting for us to consider this. I will get back to @saunders on why I love Never Send Flowers so much in my next post in this thread.
  • Dragonpol2Dragonpol2 The Crazy World of Daniel Dragonpol
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    I wonder who Dragonpol's equally mad sister Maeve Horton was based on while we're about it? Maeve Binchy or some other successful Irish writer or artist? She's the one who was going to finish off the job her brother started by attempting to blow up Princess Diana with a huge grenade. Confused? Then read the OP, and Never Send Flowers, if you've not.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited April 2023 Posts: 18,006
    Dragonpol2 wrote: »
    I wonder who Dragonpol's equally mad sister Maeve Horton was based on while we're about it? Maeve Binchy or some other successful Irish writer or artist? She's the one who was going to finish off the job her brother started by attempting to blow up Princess Diana with a huge grenade. Confused? Then read the OP, and Never Send Flowers, if you've not.

    The much missed @Thunderfinger has since suggested to me that the name Maeve Horton could be a reference to horticulture and of course Maeve was the one who grew the white roses with the red blood-tipped ends at Schloss Drache. It wouldn't surprise me as John Gardner often had knowing references like this sprinkled through his novels for eagle-eyed readers to spot.
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