THE WATER DOCTOR’S DAUGHTERS IS COMPLETE!
After all my angst, the index to The Water Doctor’s Daughters was completed without Rob filing for divorce on the grounds that I was too irritable and unreasonable to live with. Mind you, neither of us will be taking up indexing as a career! As I have mentioned elsewhere, Rob now (almost) understands what a proper noun is! We have also learned the meaning of passim and are well aware that spelled backwards it almost reads ‘mishap’. Editor Des was anxious to help but since his command of the alphabet is extremely dodgy we had to refuse.
After being through such a traumatic episode in the journey of the book it was a very emotional experience to see the dust jacket.
I am absolutely delighted with the design. It is so atmospheric and perfectly interprets the story. It has been pointed out that the figure almost looks as though she is wrapped in the constraining wet sheets of the water-cure. In my mind she represents all five Marsden sisters, but particularly Emily, who lived the longest and could be described as heroic in her own way.
Hints Of Child Abuse
The back cover will feature a portrait of Dr James Loftus Marsden, the girls’ ghastly father. Above the portrait is a poignant quote from Annie’s Box, by Randal Keynes ; ‘A child Annie had played with in Malvern had become a tragic and sensational victim of the shortcomings of human nature and affection. Marian Marsden, daughter of James Marsden, the water doctor in Malvern, had been Annie’s age. She was as unlucky with her parents as Annie was lucky with hers.’ Annie was the daughter of Charles Darwin. She died in Malvern aged 10.
Randal is the ggg-grandson of Charles Darwin.
My editor is already working on A Taste of the Thames, a far more lighthearted book the The Water Doctor’s Daughters, even though it contains a good deal of murder and mayhem. And oh dear, will it require an index? Please no!
* Do you think the figure is a cemetery monument? I must check with the art department at Hale. Feel free to leave a comment below.