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Alice, a Memoir
by Alice Gilmore
Few, if anyone, could have had a life like Alice Gilmore. It was almost unbelievable yet carried on under the cover of a respectable middle-class existence.
You might strongly disapprove of what she did, but Alice was determined. She overcame insurmountable obstacles to keep the love she longed for.
Her single-minded fight to live out her love makes a gripping, riveting story that one eminent literary person called ‘staggeringly readable’. It is shocking. Her methods will upset some, but are you with her or against her? Your decision.
This is no misery memoir. It’s a story told with joy, wit and fervour – the astonishing story of the overwhelming love Alice Gilmour was determined to live out.
Now for An Excerpt:
And then one day he was gone.
A whey-faced professor and his wife, both good friends, knocked on my door and practically pushed me back into the house out of sight of anyone (not that anyone could see our front door from the road) to tell me that David had been shot dead while giving a lecture at the university. A student had come into the room waving a gun and looking for some girl he loved who had dumped him in favour of a female and then come out about her lesbianism. The gunman, already clearly unbalanced, had got a lot of ribbing about his inadequacy in causing her to change sides, so he was after both of them. They were in David’s lecture. He wanted to shoot them in front of the whole class, lesbian seducer first, former girlfriend to watch it before getting hers. All this came out later when it emerged that he had told his roommate what he was going to do and the wretched roommate had simply not taken this wimp seriously. He didn’t even own a gun but that was quickly remedied with some dollars and a driver’s licence.
David knew the gunman well and as people dived for cover suggested he sit down if he had come for the lecture. He was reported as saying, ‘Howie, why don’t you give that to me, sit down and pay attention? You could use some of what we’re dealing with here.’ When this failed he stood between the gunman and the students and continued to try to talk him down. He was, apparently, having some success when a female voice shouted in fear, ‘Why don’t you fuck off, you inadequate creep?’
Now it's time for the Interview!
If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
To go back in time. Not to put things right but to enjoy again and again what has been so far a wonderful life.
What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
I have no idea and even after trying to guess I have come up with nothing. Perhaps I am just ordinary
When writing descriptions of your hero/ine, what feature do you start with?
Physical appearance. I think that once the reader can make a mental picture of that person only then can I move on to other matters. Actually, I try to let the character’s actions show what sort of person they are rather than just telling the reader
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A plotter I suppose. Pantsers sound more fun. Actually, when it came to the biggest decision of my life I made it and acted on it in a moment and I have never regretted it. Perhaps I am a pantser. You can make the choice after you have read Alice.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so, what?
Many things. First, what fun writing can be. I love it as an occupation. Second, as I look back through the pages, what a control freak I am when I care about the issue. Quite disgracefully so at times. Thirdly, what a forgiving person my mother is.
If you want to know about my life and background read this book. I can scarcely add to what I have written about myself in there. I earnestly hope that the rest of my life is too uneventful to even consider writing anything else, I am no novelist. The life I have described was full enough and rich enough for me. God knows what I would come out with if I had to invent. If you find you need a good chef I shall consider anything not too energetic – which rules out most jobs in the kitchen.