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Choosing the title for ‘Ignoring Gravity’

My first novel Ignoring Gravity had a variety of working titles, but was generally referred to as ‘Rose’. This was both in my own head, and by my family and friends. “How’s Rose?” they would ask, as if she were real. And of course, to me, she was, she still is despite having completed that first novel and embarked on the sequel. Finally, I have to thank Philip Larkin. I still have a Word document entitled ‘alternative titles’. Most were based on the themes of adoption and identity, nature or nuture, central to my story. Some corny, all just plain wrong. The Dark Secret Ancestral Voices Most Secret Rose Finding Rose Losing Rose The Searcher Father Unknown Singularity  And then one day, leafing through Collected Poems by Philip Larkin, I read this poem. I had read through goodness knows how many poetry anthologies, looking for inspiration. As soon as I read ‘Love’, I knew I had the title of my novel, Ignoring Gravity. Thank you Philip Larkin. “The difficult part of love Is being selfish enough, Is having the blind persistence To upset an existence Just for your own sake. What cheek it must take. And then the unselfish side –
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Categories: My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity' and On Writing.