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So, as I gushed yesterday, I met Sarah Waters! And I can report:

1:She is cute, and quite small.

2: She has really nice runners (that's trainers or sneakers to you non-micks)

3: Her girlfriend is obsessed with Jane Austen.

4: She has mixed feelings about the TV adaptation of Tipping the Velvet (she said a few critical things about it, especially the portrayal of Florence and the grotesque portrayal of the older lesbian characters but then quickly said that it was very good).

5: She drinks camomile tea.

6: She is a great person with whom to talk about 19th century fiction, especially Dickens and Wilkie Collins.

7: Her new book, which will be set in the '40s, won't be finished for a while, and she's reading loads of '40s books to get the right tone in her head.


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Feb. 20th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC)
Did you, as per my suggestion, fall over and gibber "I think you're great"? I am, obviously, insane with envy...
Feb. 20th, 2003 10:24 am (UTC)
Ah, now I know who Sarah Waters is (yesterday when you posted about her I was drawing a blank).

I just read Fingersmith about three weeks ago and had a difficult time putting it down, leaving the house or doing just about anything until it was finished. I actually think I liked it better than Tipping the Velvet and that's saying something. Of course, I gave my mother a copy of the latter for Christmas- I always give her books, usually Marge Piercy, Barbara Kingsolver, Kate Atkinson, that sort of thing- and she didn't like it at all. I'm hoping it wasn't because of the gay thing, although I can't think of any other reason why someone wouldn't like that book.
Mar. 6th, 2003 06:41 am (UTC)
sleazy waters
I finished Affinity last week at three in the morning - you are right, it rocks! But I am seized with fear - I just got up to the bit in Tipping the Velvet where the pervy lesbian goings-on at the Cavendish Club are described. That's where my dad stays whenever he's in London! He says the old ladies there are always so nice to him! Heavens above!
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