Books I read in November/December 2018

DI MORRISSEY seems to be my favourite author at the moment. The most recent book of hers that I read is: “The Winter Sea”

https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1881015/di-morrissey-finds-inspiration-in-ulladulla

Here I copy a bit from that article in The Illawarra Mercury:

“Ulladulla inspired the fictional town in Di Morrissey’s latest book The Winter Sea, in which Cassie Holloway escapes an unhappy marriage by running to the fishing village of Whitby Point.

She sets up a restaurant and falls in love with Michael, a member of the Aquino family, the town’s fishing dynasty.

As part of the research for the novel Morrissey spent several weeks in the Ulladulla and Mollymook areas soaking up the atmosphere and talking to the locals. Though trying to remain incognito was pretty difficult.

“I can’t hide very much these days,” Morrissey said.

“People generally recognise me and ask ‘are you going to write a book down here?’ and get all excited. I go ‘well, maybe’.

“It is about talking to people though, because they’re very generous, they start telling you stories about the place, which is great.

“So I had a lot of cups of tea and talks with locals, which was really helpful.”

While she said eagle-eyed locals may recognise descriptions of some areas in Ulladulla and Mollymook, Morrissey created the fictional town of Whitby Point to give her artistic freedom.

“Because I’m writing about fictional people in fictional situations if I named the actual place as, say, Ulladulla and then I write something disparaging about the local solicitor, the local funeral home or the local postmistress, because you’ve located the place, they can then sue you because it could be interpreted that they are that person.

“Because it’s a fictional place with fictional people the actual legalities are simplified.”

She sets up a restaurant and falls in love with Michael, a member of the Aquino family, the town’s fishing dynasty.

As part of the research for the novel Morrissey spent several weeks in the Ulladulla and Mollymook areas soaking up the atmosphere and talking to the locals. Though trying to remain incognito was pretty difficult.

“I can’t hide very much these days,” Morrissey said.

“People generally recognise me and ask ‘are you going to write a book down here?’ and get all excited. I go ‘well, maybe’.

“It is about talking to people though, because they’re very generous, they start telling you stories about the place, which is great.

“So I had a lot of cups of tea and talks with locals, which was really helpful.”

While she said eagle-eyed locals may recognise descriptions of some areas in Ulladulla and Mollymook, Morrissey created the fictional town of Whitby Point to give her artistic freedom.

“Because I’m writing about fictional people in fictional situations if I named the actual place as, say, Ulladulla and then I write something disparaging about the local solicitor, the local funeral home or the local postmistress, because you’ve located the place, they can then sue you because it could be interpreted that they are that person.

“Because it’s a fictional place with fictional people the actual legalities are simplified.”

 

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