Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Duchess of York: Less is Hartmoor


The Duchess of York's most recent humiliation is not something I wish to dwell on. But I notice that the Big Speak - "Home of the World's Best Motivational Speakers, Keynote Speakers, Consultants & Trainers!", to quote - still advertises Sarah as one of their top stars, available to inspire you for a fee starting at $41,000. Her promised words on "overcoming adversity" (eg "the unrelentingly vicious British press") and "the road to an authentic life" will now possess an especial resonance, I'm sure. Her bio on the site however may need fixing.

It claims: "The Duchess of York also published her first historical romance novel called Hartmoor, which is set in 1812 and draws vividly on her own noble ancestry in Ireland."  Alas, not. For it was Madame Arcati who first reported last year that the unpublished novel, retitled Wingfield, appeared to be in trouble: I noted that Sarah's co-author, the splendidly named Dallas storyteller, Laura Van Wormer, no longer wrote of the book on her rarely updated website.

In response to my story, Laura announced in the autumn of 2009: "The Duchess and I are reconsidering our original publishing plan and are weighing a number of factors and options for the short term and also for the long run. As soon as we come to a decision about which path we are to take, you shall know straight away!" Plainly no decision has been reached for Laura has not mentioned the book since.

She'd written earlier last year: "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." Perhaps she meant summer 2010?

Poor Laura. I shouldn't doubt she did most of the spade work and to date has nothing to show for it. In the meantime, the Big Speak may wish to update their public record on the duchess.

15 comments:

A famous publisher said...

How yummy. Why don't you publish Hartmoor or Wingfield, Madame? The Arcati imprint has a ring to it, and you'd be sure to make loadsamoney.

Anonymous said...

Fancy Fergie falling for yet another Mahzer sting. That's her main offence.

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Anonymous said...

The royal family should give her a few millions to clear off. There must be a bald scion of an oil dynasty prepared to take her on.

angelneptunestar said...

Come on Anon! At the rate she gets through money, a few million would only last our Fergie two or three years! She needs a nice billionaire.

I never really understood why they were so hard on her, she is the mother of Andy's children, after all.

La Petite Gallery said...

I think the word
is Aristocrap. Fergie

yvonne

John Kline said...

My connection to Fergie. I was at the investiture of HRH The Duck Of York (a.k.a Randy Andy). Eddie kept staring at me (?) Fergie nudged him in the ribs and started chatting in a ribald manner (it was the House of Lords) in his ear. The moment passed.

Madame Arcati said...

Really? Is it true about the butler-with-Andy-in-bed tale?

John Kline said...

Madame Arcati I couldn't possibly comment. Yes.

From the 'Hood said...

MADAME, YOU ARE REMARKABLY UNKIND TO THE SELF-HUMILIATED FERGIE!
"KICK- A - DOG - WHEN - IT'S - DOWN", WEEK?
METHINKS MADAME HAS TRADED IN THE GUTTER-PRESS BEFORE.
MAY GOD FORGIVE YOUR CHILLING CRUELTY!

veritas said...

Look if Fergie didn't exist we'd have to invert her. GB and her Dominions should be so lucky to have a Royal family with so many nutbags in it. Imagine the place without them ! The sight of her weeping over that 40 grand was worth the price of admission alone.

Pass Over Jo said...

Your friend Duncan Fallowell should be the new editor of Prospect. Tell him.

Madame Arcati said...

Duncan, you should be the new editor of Prospect.

Green Goddess said...

Ugh. Ghastly woman. More ghastly Maz the Fake it and Bake it Sheik.

Madame Arcati said...

Apparently Andy's Fergiven her.