[DWJ] Interview with DWJ's son

Martha Hixon marthahixon at gmail.com
Wed Jul 6 10:04:56 EDT 2011

Thanks for posting this, Charlie. I would have missed it, otherwise.

The talk, brief as it was, was tantalizing in the bits that gave new insight
into her work. For example, his comments about his grandmother and that
DWJ's sisters didn't remember their childhood in exactly the same way as she
did, as well as his comment (without further explanation, darn it!) that *Fire
& Hemlock *was partly about her love for her husband. Was this the idea that
you "suspected about the reality behind" the book, or was it something else?
What was the thing that hadn't occurred to you?

It was an enjoyable and insightful talk. One can tell Burrow is an English
professor  :-).


Dr. Martha P. Hixon
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615-898-2599 / mhixon at mtsu.edu

On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 2:27 AM, Charlie Butler
<charles.hannibal at gmail.com>wrote:

> Colin Burrow can be heard talking about his mother and her work on BBC
> Radio
> 3's *Night Waves* programme, here:
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b0128n0d.
> It's an interesting piece - and confirms something I'd like suspected about
> the reality behind *Fire and Hemlock*, as well as something else that
> hadn't
> occurred to me...
> I do want to protest on behalf of DWJ's obituarists, though! I can't find
> any examples of obituaries that claim Tolkien and Lewis were the main
> influences on her work - which he says most do - or that stress her role in
> making straight the way of J. K. Rowling (even if a subeditor put a very
> silly headline to that effect above my piece for the *Independent*).
> Charlie
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