EVERY KIND OF READING ALOUD by Enid Richemont
Kathleen Jones's recent fascinating blog about the life, and afterlife, of Katherine Mansfield. I hadn't read her for decades, but found a delightful little Bloomsbury Classics edition of her short stories in the Barbican library and began a re-acquaintance. She was an amazing writer.
amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B0OAE7E, and yesterday I went public and put it on Kindle and KDP Select. It's always fascinating and challenging to go back to work that's already been out in print format (if not, recently, 'in print'). Updating usually involves dealing with political and technological changes, but actual editing can go on for ever - I even found a spelling mistake in the original hardback, and I had a meticulous editor at Walker. At the time of writing, this was a book I felt passionately about - it was one of Wendy Boase's favourites - but over the years I forgot about it, so re-working it felt like coming to a current work in progress. The extraordinary autistic child, Jennie, in the story, who was able to remember and sing (in tune) whole symphonies, but who refused to speak, was based on the very real child - a boy - I met when I was teaching in a Rudolf Steiner school. Please do take a look. Incidentally, I'm thinking of changing the title of this story. There are so many books with that title, and these days, it does, faintly, suggest computer games. My alternative title might be: 'SONG OF THE FURIES' - what do you think?