between printed pages

sometimes the message one needs arrives between printed pages – and, in teamgloria’s case, more often than not – especially as we have Lovely Friends who like to send us books, because they know we read Tons and are Most Grateful.

so – this morning – doing our getting-up-early-and-reading-before-heading-to-the-DayJob – we read the last few pages of Celia Imrie’s autobiography and Instantly welled up upon reading This:

People often ask me how long it took to recover fully from my illness, and the answer still can be divided into two: my physical recovery took a few months, but the genuine revitalisation, the return to how I felt before I fell ill, took years and came about suddenly.

Some people call this period between the technical and full recovery a period of post-traumatic shock, a time in which people (particularly the spirited ones, I have been told) once physically safe, take an abrupt psychological dip. The explanation doctors give is that spirited people use up a great deal of psychic and mental energy fighting to get better from the moment they are physically struck down. Then as soon as their body has recovered, the emotional fright of the situation kicks in.

Most people deal with the whole thing at the same time.

I think that this second dip, when you are physically fit again, is so much scarier because it feels as though there is no excuse or reason for it. In fact you seem to feel tired and scared all the time.

P. 271 – 272: Celia Imrie: Happy Hoofer







Thank you William for sending the book and thank you Celia for writing it.

The whole book is Tremendously Funny and the bit about her illness, which we just read, helped Enormously.

Aren’t Books Brilliant?

What are You reading right now, darlings?

7 thoughts on “between printed pages

    1. I’ve got so man Edmund in my pile, but some of his autobiogs and also his new one ‘Jack Holmes and his friend’. I recently got a wonderful Amercian first edition of his ‘States of Desire – travels in gay America’ which I also need to read. xx

  1. So glad you are enjoying it. I thought it might be just right for you. I haven’t read it, but I have it. Saving it for Cornwall. I have some Snyder on the go to be followed by some Edmund White and some Patrick Gale. Xx

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