I don't know that, in the unlikely event of someone wanting to write my biography, I would happy for it to be in the hands of a stranger.
Ted Hughes 1930 - 1998
Samuel Johnson Prize is the UKs most prestigious non-fiction award. The short list this year includes Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathon Bate an English Literature Professor from Oxford. Bate began work on the book with qualified assent from the Ted Hughes estate and his widow, Carol. Then last year the estate withdrew assent because it was felt that Bate was straying from the original plan of not writing a standard biography. The book was then serialised in part in a national newspaper and generated a letter from the estate's solicitors saying that it contained 'glaring factual inaccuracies and tasteless speculation'.
Of course we don't know what the outcome will be either regarding the prize or the publication but it would seem that at some point there has been a breakdown in communication. In a sense that is a shame because Hughes' fans could be missing out and the family will be left feeling upset. That is why I said earlier that if in that fortunate position of having a biographer, it would have to be someone I trust.
The illustration above is probably true of most of us whether we write or not, but if your legacy is in part a biography, then it should be correct. The idea that a stranger was going to speculate on the type of person I am, or any of the actions I have been involved in during my lifetime, is anathema to me. It lends fuel to the idea of writing an autobiography.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
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