Thanks for your response and memories of my mother and you are correct in everything. Lovely to hear your views on her.the friend was probably Margaret Brady or Zlata Williams. I have just finished your new book. Such a wonderful, poignant observation of a marriage, the wife's desire for something more and the close observation of a drinker. Trudy would have loved it!!
I remember Zlata Williams also. Thanks for the favourable reaction to Midwinter Break.
All the best to you.
Pismo Beach, CA
Dear Mr. MacLaverty, I have just finished reading MIDWINTER BREAK and am
reminded of the words of Holden Caulfield who said he often wished he could
contact the writer when he had finished certain books. Alas, Holden had no
internet. I, however, wanted to say that I was taken by Gerry and Stella
immediately upon beginning my read, immediately ordering a copy of GRACE
NOTES.I am a 70 yr.old former high school English teacher. The language used,
and the characterization of those two,made me wish I could assign the book to my
advanced placement classes.
The depiction of their marriage is both humorous and poignant. Their willingness to
try to live with each other's quirks was realistic of the experience of a years-in
relationship, as we struggle to see with our early love eyes.
Thank you for the chance to meet these two and recognize a reflection of
Thank you for your kind and perceptive reaction to Midwinter Break. It is a great encouragement for a writer to know such things.
Yapton, West Sussex
I came across a book by you which you signed for my mother many years ago. It inspired me to read your books. My mother ( Trudy Watson) died a few years ago but I just wondered if you remember her? She was a mature student at Queens and lecturer at The former Rupert Stanley College.
I am sad to hear about the death of your mother. I do remember her. She was a mature student and attractive and affable and as a group we all had many’s a coffee in the Students’ Union. My friend Anne also remembers her as very energetic. She says, ‘There were four mature students in our year in the Department of English – us two, Trudy and a rather posh older woman whose name I can't quite recall. I've a feeling that Trudy's son married a Chinese woman who became better known as Anna Lo, now president of the Alliance Party, though I couldn't swear to it. (I've just checked – Lo's married name was indeed Watson.)
Good to hear that you are reading the books. There is another one just out called ‘Midwinter Break’. There's a picture and some information at the front of this website. It is about an older couple who go to Amsterdam for a long weekend in January and discover things about each other. All the best to you.
Bethlehem PA USA
I have just finished reading Grace Notes and am so filled with emotion that tears are
rolling down my cheeks. I am crying because I'll never actually hear the musical
composition that concludes the book. I'm crying because your words have created
such a longing in my soul that I can hardly bear it. I'm crying because you have made
me realize the faith and the grace with which I have been showered and how they
enable me to appreciate the loveliness you have created.
Like you, I am 74 years old. Unlike you, however, I realize that I shall never be able
to voice the intensity of experiences that have been the music of my life. Thank you
and bless you for using your gifts to the benefit of readers like me.
With affection to you, Mr. MacLaverty
Thank you for taking the time to write to me. And to read Grace Notes with such intensity.
I have a new novel 'Midwinter Break' coming out next month in the USA from WW Norton.
I hope you read it and get as much from it.
We 74 year olds should stick together
All the best,
I wondered if you would be
doing readings in the U.K.
this year? for the new book
going to your session at The
Homeplace SHeaney centre
in August, (still have family
nearby) but obviously would
rather see you in uk as I live
Big fan. Loved Grace Notes,
Cal, and Matters of Life and
Death - liked all I have read
Thanks for all that. Have a look at
'Upcoming Events' at this website to see if there is a suitable one for you.
All the best
Your books are so real and your observations of people so sympathetic. Having
originally heard about your books on the radio, I read them and I was transfixed, I
have laughed and I have cried, you have put so much of your self in to them and
they have really spoken to me. I thank you for writing for all of us as I think we can
all recognise ourselves in your books. Thank you PS Would love an autographed
photo if possible
Best Wishes Kath Gray
How very good of you to write with such kind words. In August this year I have a new novel 'Midwinter Break' published.
All the best to you
Wow, such a good web page.
Omagh, County Tyrone
One of my favourite books is The Anatomy School as it brought back so many memories of attending secondary school in Belfast in 1960s. There are parts of the book that still make me laugh no matter how many times I've read them. It's like being transported back to another world & Its like Bernard was in my school and logged loads of things that happened. That's the sign of a brilliant writer. Also loved Cal and Lamb. Keep up the good work.
Thanks Aidan for taking the time to say this.
I have been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.
I agree. Thank you.
Alexandra Campo Iraolagoitia
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nothing less than in love with Secrets, a very short story that made a deep impact on
me and my students alike. Thank you for it.
Still at odds when it comes to defining style. Any help from the horse's mouth?