By Anna Thomasson
The wintry weather of 1924: Edith Olivier, by myself for the 1st time on the age of fifty-one, concept her existence had come to an finish. For Rex Whistler, a nineteen-year-old artwork pupil, lifestyles used to be simply starting. jointly, they launched into an intimate and not going friendship that might rework their lives. steadily Edith's global unfolded and she or he grew to become a author. Her domestic, the Daye condo, in a wooded nook of the Wilton property, turned a sanctuary for Whistler and the opposite superb and gorgeous more youthful males of her circle: between them Siegfried Sassoon, Stephen Tennant, William Walton, John Betjeman, the Sitwells and Cecil Beaton - for whom she used to be 'all the muses'.
Set opposed to a backdrop of the madcap events of the Nineteen Twenties, the sophistication of the Thirties and the drama and austerity of the second one international battle and with a unprecedented forged of associates and pals, Anna Thomasson brings to existence, for the 1st time, the interesting, and curious, friendship of a bluestocking and a brilliant younger factor.
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It was bad enough we’d lost the Cup final, but I was in agony as well. I couldn’t even sit down at the do that night. I had to go to bed at about ten o’clock. Aside from that, I was quite calm after the match. I remember thinking, ‘We played well. ’ It was that Arsenal thing; we battered them but they beat us on penalties. I understood sport. You could play well and still lose. You have to look at the man in the mirror, but there was no shame in losing, once you’d done your best. Garth Crooks was looking for an interview with me, for the BBC, as losing captain.
It wasn’t one of my better moves. The captaincy is important, but squad numbers can have an importance, too. At United, ‘7’ was the iconic number. When Eric Cantona left there was debate about who was going to be the next captain. I was quite relaxed about it. But there was his number, too – ‘7’. Bryan Robson had had it before Cantona and, of course, it went back to Georgie Best. The manager pulled me into his office and said that he wanted me to wear the ‘7’. ’ The little power battles. I’d had ‘16’ since I’d signed for the club.
I could never touch my toes. I started doing a bit of yoga towards the end, but I think that kind of made me loose. I persuaded myself that I was more flexible. I’d known my limitations but now I thought I was a gymnast. As with the food, I was trying to be somebody I wasn’t. And I still ended up getting injuries. The hip was affecting the quality of my day-today life – simple things like picking up my kids or getting out of the car. ’ But I’d stopped thinking about it. The hip was the only injury that had, and has, long-term consequences.
A Curious Friendship: The Story of a Bluestocking and a Bright Young Thing by Anna Thomasson