Saturday 26 May 2012


A package arrived today with the hottest sunshine of the year... from Eire...
The brightest day of the year completely obscured the inscription I was trying to show off!!
So there I was, on twitter, recommending 'The Princess Bride' to Marian Keyes, best-selling Irish author of fabulous books, when she replies saying she's never seen it. I offered to send it of course, but privacy and all that... anyway, there was a silence for a while. A couple of weeks later, Marian Keyes goes on a hunt for me - me!! - to find the Lupusgirl who recommended the lovely film. And then I was found. And Marian asked how I was, and I said I was off into hospital and she said, "Can I do anything? Anything at all? Signed copy of a book?" And I says, "Oooh yes, please!" Shameless, I know. But this may NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!
Isn't she lovely?? She manages to sprinkle gold dust over our lives from a house in Dublin. She loves chocolate and cake and high heels. She understands suffering. She values kindness above everything. Only the kindest of people could send a signed copy of a book just to wish me well. And not just any book - but, on her authority, her own personal favourite.... D'you remember when I wrote about not writing to Eva Ibbotson? I feel as though Marian has given me a chance to say thank you to a beloved author in the here and now, so I'll never be haunted by ingratitude again!
So just to be clear...
June the first, a bright summer's evening, a Monday. I've been flying over the streets and houses of Dublin and now, finally, I'm here. I enter through the roof. Via a skylight I slide into a living room and right away I know it's a woman who lives here... 
(from 'The Brightest Star in the Sky')


Sherry Blue Sky said...

How lovely, Shaista. What a thrill and so kind of lovely Marian. You are radiant, in your garden. May all go well in hospital, and may you be home soon, feeling wonderful. you are such a radiant soul!!!!!

Jeanne-ming Brantingham said...

oh darling..of course she would go looking for you

Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures said...

Awww, Marian is just adorable. :) I hope you'll enjoy the book if you haven't read it yet - it's been my favourite book from Marian so far.

Lots of love xxx
(@bookswithacuppa from Twitter)

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