Friday, March 14, 2008

Betty Macdonald

Years ago I read a book; Anybody Can Do Anything. I think I found it in a charity shop and was drawn to it because of its title, I wasn’t disappointed. I discovered that the book’s author, Betty Macdonald had also written a book called The Egg And I. I’ve never read The Egg And I but I vaguely recollect having seen the film.

Yesterday I was listening to BBC Radio Four and had the pleasure of listening to a programme all about Betty and how she came to write the book. Some of her life was familiar to me because of Anybody Can Do Anything. All of the people interviewed for the program felt like I did about her writing. She had left a special mark on them. Now I’ve found my copy of Anybody Can Do Anything and I’m going to give it a long overdue reread.

I see that Wikipedia already mentions yesterday’s broadcast!


Donna said...

Have a fun weekend reading sweetie!hugs

Anji said...

Donna: First I have to find the time...

Have a great weekend!

Donna said...

Happy Easter Sweetheart!!!hughugs

alan said...

I read "The Egg and I" after having seen the movie in my very early teens, and (across 40 years) recall being shocked at how different it was from the movie.

I have been going to hunt it down again, as I seem to recall it bringing a discussion up between my grandmother and I about buttonhooks and some unseemly uses for them, as my mother refused to admit that she knew what they were talking about.

Bringing this up, here, and now, I hope I'm not remembering the wrong book, as it was a very long time ago!

With politics what they are here at the moment, it's not the first time I've thought about looking that up. Thank you for the reminder!

And, if you notice this way down here, from a month ago, I hope you don't mind that I "followed you home"!


Anji said...

Alan: i was very pleased to see that you had visited and taken the time to leave a comment. I'm not sure about the film. Now I must find out about buttonhooks!