PROGRESS REPORT 6 NOVEMBER 2018
THE VENICE BOOK is in complete draft now ( fourth draft complete and fifth draft on its way out chapter by chapter to the wonderful friends who have offered to read for me.) Huge thanks to ANN PRESTON, JUDE WISDOM and SARAH GREGORY for being willing to do this.) It actually has a bit of structure now. The index page looks like this.
PART ONE : THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD
Chapter One: Photographs in the Snow
Chapter Two: A Trip to the Puppet Barge
Chapter Three: The Costume Seller’s Child
Chapter Four: To Live in Readiness
Chapter Five : The Underbelly of Masquerade
Here is a paragraph from Chapter Two that Sarah Gregory has liked. Angus is not a lover, but a dog.
If anyone else likes Mrs Maybury, I would be delighted to have more critical readers to help me improve my book.
Mrs Maybury’s living room was packed with salvage from productions in which visitors were encouraged to believe she had taken part, the walls festooned so thickly with her scraps and trophies that they closed in like a womb. An ancient sofa had pride of the living space, its missing leg replaced by a pile of tattered encyclopaedias. Visitors assumed that the flat must have a bedroom, but the ancient sofa was, in fact, also the bed on which she and Angus curled up companionably at the end of their busy days. Many years later, when Frederick Westwood offered Mrs Maybury a set of rooms in his house in Sussex, she declined. I do not feel the call of the wild, Mr Frederick. Even when Angus was with me, I can truly confess we never felt that call.