Memories of three of the study visits I loved the most.
Really enjoyed this Hattie, especially your visit to John Crace's home. His columns have provided an oasis of irreverent sanity over the last couple of years.
As a sixteen year old school boy (think 1970's) I interviewed the wonderful Jilly Cooper. She was emerging as a star at the Sunday Times (under the guidance of Harold Evans) and wrote some extremely funny columns. I sat in her Fulham sitting room one Saturday morning with my Philips cassette recorder and a little microphone that kept falling over. I was somewhat distracted by her tight purple T-shirt and the fact that her bra appeared to have strategic holes at the, well you know, the apex. I had to concentrate very hard on my questions. After a while Leo came home and she ran into his arms and they started kissing passionately. I was left holding the microphone.
My interview was published in the school paper to widespread indifference. What I remember most is her generous spirit and kindness in granting an interview to a schoolboy. She was lovely.
These were all such wonderful episodes! And I love the way you both speak (on the podcast) and write description, which is somehow lyrical, cosy and crisp. Thanks for sharing!
I enjoyed all of these episode. Now I feel called to listen back! Thank you for the little glimpses behind the scenes.
Loved this, and it made me miss the podcast! Looking forward to Sunday.
Looking forward to Sunday!
Ooooh yes writing shed is utter utter goals... ONE DAY!x
I really love that part of your podcast too. It’s been so nice to read your specific recollections this morning. Thank you, Florence x