Archives for identity

‘Ignoring Gravity’… diaries, secrets…

“Rose held the book for a moment before opening it at the first page. The handwriting was easy to read: tiny, italicised script, every letter carefully formed, every serif perfectly angled in relation to the full shape of the letter. A very neat version of the script familiar from every birthday card her mother had ever given her. Each diary entry was headed by a date, underlined precisely with a ruler, written in blue ink.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… Mum, Mummy, Mother

ROSE’S MOTHER, DIANA HALDANE “Diana’s clothes hung in the wardrobe organised by colour. Rose took the turquoise Liberty-print floral blouse off its hanger, sniffed deeply. It smelled faintly of moth balls. She was surprised at the sudden swell of tears in her eyes. Lily gave her a sympathetic pat on the back. Rose admired her mother’s strong conviction about what colours suited her and wished she had that discipline: nothing red, brown or orange was given rail space. Three old-fashioned hat boxes balanced on top of a heavy brown suitcase; how typical of their mother to use hat boxes.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… Rose, the identity detective

“She fell forward slightly as the door opened leaving her finger suspended in mid-air. She smiled at the woman who stood on the doorstep who looked about Rose’s own age except for her eyes, which by right belonged to the face of a very tired 70-year old at the end of a long day. ‘Hello. I’m Rose. Rose Haldane. My mother lived here, in the Sixties. I wondered if I could have a look around?’ ” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… sisters, sisters…

ROSE’S SISTER, LILY LODGE “Lily put the jars of marmalade and Marmite back in the fridge, then swallowed her daily folic acid and zinc tablets with the last mouthful of lemon and ginger tea, rinsed the mug and set it to drain. It was her favourite mug, bone china with the Japanese kanji for ‘peace’ picked out in chains of daisies, lupins, bluebells and buttercups. Not as traditional Japanese as peonies or chrysanthemums, but she loved it all the same. William gave it to her soon after they met. The only way she knew what the kanji meant was because it was explained on the price ticket which William had forgotten to remove.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… Rose, the journalist

“Rose walked through the revolving doors into reception, breathing deeply of the overly-cleansed highly-perfumed air of the two-storey glass lobby. It was preferable to the smell outside: jammie shortbreads were coming off the conveyors at Butler’s Biscuits today. It was Friday.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… who is Rose?

ROSE HALDANE “There were hundreds of varieties of rose and some days Rose certainly didn’t feel like she merited the association, though she preferred the name to Rosemary. “I’m a flower, not a herb,” had been her standard retort as a child. Sam called her every derivative, every bastardisation, including Roz, Rosa and once even Rosalind, Shakespeare’s heroine. This insulted Rose the most, she preferred Beatrice’s wit. ‘Rosalind’, she’d written in a sixth form essay, ‘was rather wet.’ Her teacher had scrawled across the bottom in green ink: Subjective. Prove it. Facts not assumption.” Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’: coming soon

Sandra Danby’s first novel is the story of four women, two generations… 1960s Two sisters… Diana, logical, controlling, desperate to be a wife and mother. Kate, an actress and rebel. As different as two sisters can possibly be… 2000s Two sisters… Diana’s daughters Rose and Lily. Rose is a journalist, stuck on a treadmill writing about gluten intolerance and fearing she’s too old to get her big break. Lily, butterfly-minded, happily married, desperate for a baby. As different as two sisters can possibly be… Two diaries… The discovery of a diary reveals a secret hidden for a generation: Rose was adopted. Who were her parents and why didn’t they want her? She uses her journalistic skills to get to the truth. But what is the value of truth when a secret happened so long ago and the people involved are dead? Can the sisters put aside their differences to discover the answers? In the course of a year, Rose will become a detective though she will never solve a crime, attend a murder scene or chase a burglar. She will be a detective of identities. But first, she must discover who she is. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ is the story of Rose
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Reading for research: A Good Likeness

A Good Likeness is a well-written account of an adoptee’s journey, not in the least bit self-obsessed or mawkish. Paul Arnott knows he was adopted but doesn’t stop to think about what it means until in his thirties with his own children. He writes to his adoption society and gets a letter back with information about his birth parents. “The section of my mind concerned with the concept of identity, which had been lying under a sheet in the garage since I was born, suddenly roared into life.” He shares the emotional ups and downs of his search, which finally takes him to a second family in Ireland. “Instead of being Paul Arnott, 11/11/61, I was now Rory Brennan, 11/11/61.” It was this sentence that really grabbed my core. He was Rory, not Paul. “It must be inconceivable to those raised by their blood parents, surrounded by grandparents, sisters and brothers, that a man in his thirties had never given any serious credit to the potency of family resemblance.” I read this book as research for Ignoring Gravity, the story of journalist Rose Haldane who finds out she was adopted as a baby. ‘A Good Likeness’ by Paul Arnott [UK: Abacus]
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Categories: Adoption and On Researching.