Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Susan Hill writes (of a Famous Writer) ....

One of the world's most famous novelists Susan Hill - I must recommend her brilliant third Simon Serrailler crime novel The Risk of Darkness - has confided to me that she has a Famous Writer staying on her premises. I can scarcely contain my excitement at the prospect of these two mega-talents in proximity ... what may happen? ... but here's Susan's note ...

"I have been winding them up on my blog about a Famous Writer who is staying in our barn. They all think it`s Martin Amis but it is none other than Fallowell, D. He has been very well behaved so far and made no complaints even though I had to lend him my husband`s wellingtons which turned out to have a big hole in them. He has barn owls at the other end of the barn - he can wave to them from his bed. He`s taking me out to lunch on Thursday so I will let you know if there are any complaints or scandals. But the nice thing is that I feel as if I`ve known him all my life - and it`s all thanks to you MA."

13 comments:

Duralex said...

<< had to lend him my husband`s wellingtons which turned out to have a big hole in them. >>

Ooooh tabernak, this is utterly Freudian ! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Why is Fallowell in her barn? Does he not have a home to go to?

Duralex said...

Sleeping in a barn and wearing socks with holes in is much more fashionable and much better for literary inspiration, honey. Besides, in case Mr F. eventually succeeds in picking up a Polish builder, I hope you don't expect he'll f... him in the respectable and prudish Ms Hill's guest room! :-)))

Anonymous said...

Barn owls ! Lucky Mr Fallowell. But I do urge him to moderate his waving if there are young barn owls about as the maximum fine for disturbing the little dears is £5000.

Liz said...

If you don't have a spare room Susan, couldn't you do the decent thing and let him sleep in the bath?

Arcati said...

This could turn into a literary soap - I shall expect Duncan to report as well ...

SUSAN said...

1.It`s a very luxurious barn.
2.He has now bought his own wellingtons.

Duralex said...

Luxury barn and brand new wellingtons ! I'm very disappointed. No possible literary inspiration in such a vacuum-packed environment. Not even snobbish. Just... petit-bourgeois, as my dear Dinu would say. Unless Ms Hill is just trying to justify the "Thanksgiving turkey" nickname I once gave her ? ;-)

Arcati said...

Don't you be rude to Susan Hill who is valued and honoured guest. On your knees when you talk to literary aristocracy! The pastoral is intrinsic to English life - why, even Blur's Alex James has gone horticultural after a pop life of orgies and literal incontinence after a drunken session of sex with some nameless fool. The successful in GB always end up in a luxury barn or castle.

Anonymous said...

I love Lavinia SO-O much...
where she gone?
I bet she has wonderful-coloured wellingtons (with sparkly bits on) .

Duralex can't be real, I don't believe he really exists .

Duralex said...

<< Don't you be rude to Susan Hill who is valued and honoured guest. >>

Statues are meant to be thrown down their pedestals... especially statues of turkeys !

<< On your knees when you talk to literary aristocracy! >>

You're so incredibly vain, ma chère Madame. You should know that all the aristocrats love keeping bad company. :-)

Anyway... Dear God, I had never heard of Ms Hill and Mr Fallowell before coming across this funny little blog. My own literary aristocrats are all dead, which makes them much easier to respect.

SUSAN said...

I was invited to the Barn for a mug of tea this afternoon and the Barn Dweller asked me to tell you that his new wellington boots are BLACK RUBBER and were the last pair available of that ilk in Shipston-on-Stour.
I merely pass it on.
Oh and he also confided to me that he has started his book, which is, after all, the whole point of his being in the barn for a month. This is a working farm, we don`t have idlers and slackers though they are allowed to look at the owls and the young deer and other rural delights which you don`t get in Notting Hill.
He is taking me out to the Posh Hotel on the Hill tomorrow for lunch. I have told him he cannot wear his black wellingtons.
I will report, as Madame wants a soap opera.

Anonymous said...

Aubergine-tinted gumboots (a very naturalistic and real-looking colour) might suit Susan - and Duncan might like to buy some sky blue ones from the same mail order company.

(WHERE has Lavinia got to? I do so need a fix of her)