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24 April 2008


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I, too, will be buying this book after reading the article in today's Daily Telegraph. Even though I've not visited The Travel Bookshop (not living in London and not venturing there since 1990 when I went to the Chelsea Flower Show - what a kerfuffle that was!) and although I didn't care for the film Notting Hill (am I the only one who doesn't care for Hugh Grant who is always Hugh Grant in whatever role he plays?) I liked the sound of this very positive woman who has self-published this book because she was told that no publisher would take it, the market was too small. Well I hope that whoever told her that is proved wrong!

Oh good, that's two of us putting in orders and the day's not out.

Re: the film . . . the Dear Daughter and I went to see it at our local cinema, the Coronet at Notting Hill Gate. There's a scene about half way into the film where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are in the Coronet - watching a film. It was all a bit surreal but even the ultra-cool, Notting Hillbilly audience couldn't resist letting out a mighty cheer at that point.

I know what you mean about Hugh Grant; however, Rhys Ifans had us all in stitches. And the soundtrack was rather lovely, in a wistful sort of way.

Had clean forgotten how much I love your blog! Thank you for reminding me. Slightly puzzled that your live traffic feed seems to think I'm from Weston-super-Mare but hey, at least it preserves a tad of anonymity I suppose (something I am NOT good at).....
Not really a fan of travel literature but then I read this and feel like I should, and would love it....

Good to hear from you Jane; thanks for all your comments. Have been meaning to email you off-blog, so I will!

Weston-super-Mare? Maybe it's something to do with where your internet service provider is based rather than where you are? But what do I know? I suppose W-S-M is as good a place as any to lurk if one wants to be anonymous - just hide behind a big bag of chips.

The book shop was inspiration enough for a film but not a book hmmm...
Great post, you made me want to go visit the bookshop which will be a bit difficult seeing as I'm in Australia. I hope you are still planning that trip to Morocco!

My copy of Sarah's book has arrived and it makes riveting reading, I can't drag myself away from it, especially as I was one of the next generation of those nurses in pink who looked after her. How things had changed by the time I arrived twenty years later but what a revelation it is to read.

dgr: I do hope that means we can look forward to a post from you on Halfway to Venus, given your 'nurses in pink' perspective. And more publicity for Sarah! I'm still steaming about the fact that all those publishers rejected her book.

Just discovered myself on your blog - many thanks. Self-publishing has been a real challenge - but an enjoyable one!

A pleasure to welcome you here, Sarah. And my turn to thank you for enhancing all my journeys.

I think we're all delighted that you were able to steer your book through to publication - may its sales soar!

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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