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Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal Paperback – 18 Mar 2013
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'Very interesting and funny - (it) reflects on the art and craft of biographical writing in general.' www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bidisha/sarah-lefanu-the-writer-_b_3931157.html?utm_hp_ref=tw 'This is such a wise and charming book, giving us a glimpse over the shoulder of a biographer at work. It captures what it's really like to write a biography, which is nothing like the soothing sensation of reading one. Here are the highs and lows, the episodes of frustration and exhilaration, the serendipity, the slog, the networking, "the biographer's art of bullying" - and the constant shifts in emotional weather between biographer and biographee. People imagine that biographers "identify" with their subjects in some simple sense, but Dreaming of Rose conveys how much more complicated the relationship is. The book becomes a tribute to biography itself, as a quest, as an art, and as the most generous and selfless of literary genres.' Sarah Bakewell, author of 'How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer'
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For many years Sarah LeFanu was Senior Editor at The Women's Press, and was responsible for their innovative and highly-regarded science fiction list. She has written widely on feminism and science fiction, including introductions to a number of scholarly editions of the works of Joanna Russ ('The Female Man', 'The Two of Them', 'To Write Like a Woman'). Sarah has also edited a range of anthologies of contemporary fiction and science fiction, including 'Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind' (with Jen Green), 'Letters from Home', 'How Maxine Loved Her Legs and Other Tales of Growing-Up', and (with Stephen Hayward) 'Colours of a New Day: Writing for South Africa'. She is the biographer of Rose Macaulay ('Rose Macaulay' and 'Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal' will soon be available from SilverWood Books) and, most recently, of Samora Machel ('S is for Samora: A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream', Hurst & Co, 2012). 'In the Chinks of the World Machine: Feminism and Science Fiction' (eBook available from SilverWood Books) won the prestigious MLA Emily Toth Award. Sarah's short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, along with two radio plays, Thin Woman in a Morris Minor and Death Bredon. She works regularly on abridgments and dramatizations for the BBC programmes Book of the Week, Book at Bedtime and Woman's Hour. From 2004 to 2009 Sarah was Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival. She continues to chair events for the LitFest on a regular basis, and also for the Bristol Festival of Ideas.
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Macaulay herself brings a very particular set of challenges which Lefanu confronts head on. Most of all, Lefanu was balancing the demands of writing and motherhood while writing about a woman who for a complex set of reasons had avoided motherhood and often saw family life as incompatible with writing. So too, identifying with Macaulay entailed forming a view of her secret lover of twenty years, Gerald O'Donovan. Passionate, funny, generous and loving, O'Donovan was wonderful as a lover but more flawed as a husband and father. In Dreaming of Rose we see Lefanu living with O'Donovan as well as Macaulay as she gradually comes to see him in the round and to forgive both Macaulay and O'Donovan for seizing their happiness at the expense of others.
Because of the diary format it's all told in an unassuming, daily manner, mixing observations about the nature of biography with daily anecdotes about Lefanu's life as a writer, wife and mother. It's a wise and generous book, heartily recommended to anyone who'd like to know what it's like to write a biography or would just like to know more about Rose Macaulay.
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