Literary Memories 25 July: Elizabeth Mackintosh (Josephine Tey)


The Boypoet Remembers....

Elizabeth Mackintosh (Josephine Tey) Elizabeth Mackintosh (Josephine Tey)

Author: Elizabeth Mackintosh (Josephine Tey)

Dates: 25 July 1896 – 13 February 1952

Nationality: Scottish

Title of Book: A Shilling for Candles

The pace of his black, square-toed boots quickened slightly, their shining surface winking in the sunlight. Proper service, these boots were. One might have thought that Potticary, having spent his best years in brushing his boots to order, would have asserted his individuality, or expressed his personality, or otherwise shaken the dust of a meaningless discipline off his feet by leaving the dust on his boots. But no, Potticary, poor fool, brushed his boots for the love of it. He probably had a slave mentality; but had never read enough for it to worry him. As for expressing one’s personality, if you described the symptoms to him, he would, of course, recognise them. But not by name. in the Service they call that “contrariness”.

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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