Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Duchess of York and how a Laura Van Wormer tale got turned



Being of an essentially humble disposition I am constantly amazed how my little posts on this and that get the media excited. Another example has been drawn to my attention.

Back in February I noted how the trail had gone cold on the co-authored historical novel-in-progress Hartmoor by Fergie, Duchess of York, and the delightfully named US Dallas author Laura Van Wormer. Laura saw my piece and retells on her website how it grew into something bigger. More than coincidentally, the very next day after my story ran, the Telegraph's Mandrake goss column led with: "Sarah, Duchess of York reconsiders plan to publish ’racy’ historical novel." Part of its story read: "Miss Van Wormer admits that even her friends and family are getting impatient about the book’s release which has been delayed indefinitely."

Unfortunately, the Telegraph story prompted friends and relatives of Laura to ask her why she told the paper that they were "impatient" for the book. We must infer that she didn't say this to the paper.

The Bookseller.com site then picked up the Telegraph tale with their take: "Fergie's novel hangs in the balance". So then the Royal Watch section of Monstersandcritics.com reported that Laura had spoken to the Telegraph and wrote ... "Sarah’s literary collaborator, US historian Laura Van Wormer, has admitted she is getting impatient with the delays…" Laura is hardly a historian: a historical fiction writer perhaps ....

Oh dear! Laura writes in one of her journals: "At any rate, just to reiterate, yes, the Duchess of York and I did write a huge historical adventure novel, and yes, it has taken a long time to write, and yes, I should have definitive news for you by this summer." It is now autumn. We are still waiting, Laura.

Do read Laura's fascinating website. Just for the record, I'd noticed that the publication date for Hartmoor varied on trade book sites - a clear sign of a problem. That's what prompted my story. I remain confident Hartmoor will see the light of day. Eventually.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, Madame is wilting. Read Roger Lewis's Seasonal Suicide Notes and have the courage to live!

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you darling. My Buckfast monk-made plonk keeps my spine erect, my marbles rolling.

Anonymous said...

It's no new thing that papers lift ideas and stories from blogs. I saw your comment on Iain Dale about the Mail's Ephraim Hardcastle. You should just send in a bill copied to Dacre.

Anonymous said...

The Wormer turned. Yes.

Anonymous said...

Should we not celebrate the fact that Fergie's novel is unfashionably late?

Anonymous said...

I still haven't got over the fact that amongst all that disintegrated rubble of the dreadful World Trade Centre on 9/11, they found dozens of those Budgie Helicopter dolls from Fergie's office.

Madame Arcati said...

I don't believe you, that's just too much. I understand Budgie may have to help Duchess Ferg out of her present financial troubles.

Jan Feb Mar/Winter said...

I just wish Madame would wilt. For an old wrinkled cunt she seems horribly sprightly.

The late Barbara Cartland said...

'Scuse me but Laura Worms herself wrote that her pals and relatives were impatient to read this novel. It's in one of her journals. Why does a successful author like her get into bed with a duchess to write a novel? Because she's an arse-licking crawler who's thinking how grand it is to create with royalty. C'mon, cruicify these cunts.