Saturday, 8 August 2009
I received a rather exciting item in the post this morning: a proof copy of a chapter I wrote about St. Anne Line for a book on various heroic women. I'm not entirely sure whether I'm supposed to do anything with it, it just came with a compliment slip from the publisher, the contents pages and the biographies of all the contributors as they will appear in the book.
The book is called English Catholic Heroines, and it is edited by Joanna Bogle (of Auntie Joanna Writes fame) and published by Gracewing. Glancing at the other chapter titles, I was delighted to see that Fiorella Nash and Sr. Andrea Fraile have also contributed chapters.
In addition to the "usual suspects" such as St. Margaret Clitherow and St. Margaret Ward, there are a lot of women I'd never heard of, so it will be quite a fascinating read... though I shall avoid reading my own chapter: I hate reading stuff I've written.
I have to say that I hadn't realised that it was going to be quite such a large book - 23 heroines in 22 chapters - but I suspect all the chapters are pretty short. I have no idea about its price, or whether it will be available in hardback first (or at all!) but, looking at Gracewing's website, there is a similar (presumably paperback) volume called English Catholic Heroes, edited by John Joliffe, and priced at £9.99.
I think the book launch is some time in October, probably in central London - watch this space!