[DWJ] new book preview

Eleanor Joslin eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Wed Jun 26 17:53:38 EDT 2013


On 26 Jun 2013, at 22:33, <minnow at belfry.org.uk> wrote:

> On Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:53:57 -0600
> Otter Perry <ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com> wrote:
> 
>> And Alexander McCall Smith's surname is McCall Smith, I understand.
> 
> True, but very few boys have "McCall" for a forename, whereas Wynne is a
> quite usual girl's name; it's in all the names books.  Wynne was a
> pretty poor name for her as a name, since it means "fair" or "white",
> and if there is one thing she never was even as a baby it is in the
> least fair: her hair was black.

So was Snow White's hair. But they didn't approve of fairy tales, did they?

>  ButI don't suppose that her parents
> gave much thought to the possibility that she might become an author,
> so they are not too much to blame for that part of it.

Maybe they did it in full awareness that "Wynne Jones" is sometimes a surname, and wanted to give her the option of being something other than plain Jones. They just didn't think about where people would split it.

> 
> Minnow
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