17 November 2015

A Folio Find 'The Lady in the Van'

Folio editions are lovely books so I was over the moon to find The Lady in the Van and Three Stories in a second-hand shop last month.
'June 1977.  On this the day of the Jubilee, Miss S. has stuck a paper Union Jack in the cracked back window of the van.  It is the only one in the Crescent.  Yesterday she was wearing a headscarf and pinned across the front of it a blue Spontex sponge fastened at each side with a large safety pin, the sponge meant to form some kind of peak against the (very watery) sun.  It looked like a favour worn by a medieval knight, or a fillet to ward off evil spirits.  Still, it was better than last week's effort, an Afrika Korps cap from Lawrence Corner:  Miss Shepherd - Desert Fox.'

It seems an odd thing to say that I was entertained by the story of an elderly woman living in such dire circumstance but Miss Shepherd's feisty nature under Alan Bennett's benevolent watch made it seem very okay.

2 comments:

  1. I'm not sure about a deluxe edition of The Lady in the Van - but that did have your name on it, Darlene! Keep you going until the film.

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  2. I can't tell you how many times I've laughed out loud while reading the other stories too! Is there anyone else who can make homelessness, robbery, and holding a vigil for a loved one...laugh-out-loud funny? The distraction and humour have been so welcome with the news from Paris since last Friday.

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