With publication of A Surrey State of Affairs less than two weeks away, the book’s protagonist, Constance Harding's, thoughts turn to the all important question of who should play whom in the (surely inevitable) film adaptation of the book . . .
Friday 18th March 2011
Constance Harding, blog post 6
A new and pleasant dilemma has been keeping me awake at night. Now that I have purchased the all-important hat for this summer's literary festivals (I eschewed one with a gingham trim for a plain – but magnificent – straw variety), my thoughts have flown to a new subject. Namely, who should play whom in the film of my novel?
When I phoned my editor this morning to discuss just that – she tends not to answer her phone directly, but if I go via the switchboard and say that I'm Doris Lessing, that usually does the trick – she subjected me to one of her long silences.
"Constance," she said eventually, in that tone of voice which suggests she is speaking through pursed lips. "What film?"
For a woman who has succeeded in a notoriously competitive industry, she can be remarkably obtuse . . .
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