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Fran HB

Fascinating that Rosemary Sutcliffe remembered so much of this first story, even though destroyed. Look what followed. Thank goodness she continued to write.


Yes, thank goodness! It is remarkable that it stayed in her memory to that degree. At the end of the essay she says, “Remembering it in as much detail as I do, I could probably re-write it now; make, as it were, a reconstruction. But it would not be the real thing. Perhaps you have to be twenty, and young for your age, to write that particular real thing."

Dark Puss

My only serious attempt at a non-fiction book (with a publishing contract) was confined to an A4 ring binder then to the recycling. About 60% complete probably, never worth the effort :-( I expect I still have all the computer files archived somewhere.


It sounds delightful, derivative or not. I must share with my mother who is also a big Sutcliff fan.

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