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Warming to a Theme

February 4, 2018

Andrew, my husband, and I have been working on a project which has resulted in Focus on Tisbury, a book by Martin Shallcross.  It is a collection of Martin’s contributions to theTisbury parish magazine.  As he has been producing a monthly article for the magazine for over 16 years, there were quite a lot of them to choose from - presumably (16 x 12 = 192) or thereabouts.  In the end, we divided the final selection into themed sections:  The Farming Year, Local Farms and Businesses, People - Past and Present etc

Martin Shallcross is something of a polymath - a chartered surveyor, a farmer and an Anglican priest. He has also lived, worked and farmed all his life in the Tisbury area and is a man of wide-ranging knowledge and interests; his articles are an expression of all this and, without organisation, the text could have emerged as an enthusiastic scrapbook rather than a considered anthology.  So we were pleased with the themed approach - and so was Martin.


Constructive Criticism

I have also just proofread a book about a famous campaign of the Second World War.  The writer is undoubtedly knowledgeable about his subject; every sortie, every retreat, every act of heroism is set out in enormous detail; no damaged tank, abandoned weaponry or prisoner taken is left unrecorded.  Nothing wrong with this but without chapter headings, the occasional sub-heading and a structure on which to hang this material, his account becomes a bit of a war-zone in its own right.

Perhaps I should suggest to my author that he adopt some old-fashioned, extended chapter headings like those used so deliciously in Three Men and a Boat

In which the Scots Guards achieve a vantage point and resist the enemy for several crucial days….


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