Monthly Archives: May 2011

No Love Letter This Week

The card said ‘I WONT SEND A LETTER THIS WEEK!! COZ YOU SAID I AM WRITING TOO MUCH.  What I said was four cards in a week was excessive.  Four cards in a week is excessive.  I didn’t say the love letter was … Continue reading

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Doubtful Thomas and Rapacious Yvann

I must unconsciously have picked Thomas out in Waitrose because I thought it was him I saw in the library being aware of me. At any rate, in the shop I asked had it been him I saw. He denied … Continue reading

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Another Stramash

Last week there was another publishing stramash.  The publisher wanted me to fill in a form asking the Dictionary of National Biography for permission to use the entry on Betty Clark written by Bob Trotter despite my not wanting anything by him in my … Continue reading

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The Bad Neighbour

Leslie is the bad neighbour who wouldn’t call the police for me after the beating-up, pretending to have mislaid his phone and then that it was stolen.  He followed through with a threat if the police, who interviewed him about … Continue reading

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Stramash last week over book

My publisher, who shall be nameless (to protect the guilty) put her foot down.  As well it wasn’t a boob or she’d’ve toppled over by force of gravity (or, as we now know, distortion of space/time continuum by massive objects) onto her … Continue reading

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Writers’ Group May Meeting

John was first in, shortly followed by Catherine I hailed as “Caroline!” until corrected.  We had the usual preliminary phatic gossip.  John’s sold nine copies of his book himself but cold water was poured by Langton’s on a book launch … Continue reading

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CORRESPONDENCE: Plates and authorship

The editor’s the one to insert plates, made from scanned pages of poems and letters, to make clear at a glance their arrangement on the original page that I couldn’t replicate myself by computer and that no amount of explicatory … Continue reading

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