Times article on DWJ/Conrad's Fate

Allison Marles apm at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Mar 14 15:18:57 EST 2005

I was quite affronted by their misuse of "latter", when I believe they
meant "former".
    "The quality of Wynne Jones's imagination is often compared to
    that of J. K. Rowling -- to the detriment of the latter in the
    case of a notorious attack by A. S. Byatt when the fifth Harry
    Potter novel was published."


On Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 12:01:54AM +0000, minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> >> By the sound of it, I think I prefer the one you found!
> >> Does it also refer to her as "Jones" (her surname) rather than "Wynne
> >> Jones" (middle name plus surname) throughout?   I want a copy, if so.
> >> Minnow
> >
> >Minnow, here's the one up now at that url... I see the Severn estuary note now
> >-- though the geography is a bit fuzzy
> Fuzzy?  The Severn Estuary was four miles away from Bristol, last time I
> bicycled out there.  It is also completely invisible from any road near
> DWJ's house, because there is rather a lot of hill in the way.  In fact
> can't see the actual water from anywhere in Bristol as far as I know, only
> the hills on the other side of it in Wales.  The woman meant the *Avon*, a
> tidal river some five hundred yards from DWJ's kitchen window sideways, and
> only about a hundred feet below.   She might as well have said Southampton
> Water or the Medway, in terms of that view: either of those can as readily
> be seen from where she says she was.
> > -- but where the back reference?
> No back reference that I noticed, or mentioned.  "Don't worry about being
> told that she broke her *neck* last year: that's simply incorrect." was
> what I said.
> Fourth para, discounting headers, the one about Potter:
> > (She also has the uncanny knack of predicting future events in her own
> >life, including breaking her neck last year.)
> I'm disappointed.  It's the same one as the one I had.  It calls her "Wynne
> Jones".  Pah!  If she were "Diana Gwen Jones" would they refer to her as
> "Gwen Jones" as if the Gwen were part of the surname, I ask crossly?  They
> don't call Edgar Allan Poe "Allan Poe" when they're talking about him!
> Let's say I didn't show it to her: she'd have been Affronted by it -- and
> her back was messed up going to Manchester, so she doesn't need any *more*
> aggravation to get in the way of starting the second draft of her latest
> book.  Having to do all the talking-with-publicity-folk for *Conrad's Fate*
> is a nuisance enough without then reading what they have done with what she
> said.
> Ruffled Minnow
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