|Dame Hilary Mantel|
I urge you to get Hilary Mantel's new collection of short stories: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. I consider Ms Mantel along with Julian Barnes to be the greatest living writers. It's not political despite the provocative title and I say that as someone who greatly admired Margaret Thatcher and very highly recommend her two memoirs.
|I borrowed The Assassination audiobook from the library which has the superb narration of Jane Carr|
|The Iron Lady|
You can even sample Ms Mantel's short story of the title here for free. It's about a 20-30 minute read well worth your time and will demonstrate her virtuosity.
|My Estella has this same pert manner.|
Estella has butchered every idiom in the English language but has every Scarlett O'Hara scene down cold and wouldn't need Mammy tugging too tightly on that corset either as she has maintained her girlish figure. We go back nearly 40 years and I did take her to our prom and we were often thought to be a 'couple' and a man at our club always told her 'Pip' would "one day own General Motors" which sounded rather grand in 1980. I'll never forget the horror on my mother's face when I broke the news her almost 42 year old son had joined the Army and was reporting to boot camp in 3 days. The stark terror was quickly followed by: "What does Estella think about all this?!?!" which caught me by surprise since my mother of course knew Estella was married. One longtime friend of her parents, and a big fan of her Pip, as dementia started to take hold always mistook the name of Estella's husband. Each time when informed of the mistake, he didn't take the news well.
No, she wasn't born on a Friday....and I did check that early on.
|Estella with her Ripley when they lived in Wales.|
|Estella circa 2004|
Happy Birthday Estella!