A ground-breaking documentary on BBC 1 (‘Behind Closed Doors’, 14/03/2016.) examines domestic abuse towards women and features three victims who have spoken out. The sad truth is that still, in the majority of such cases, the person attacked feels it impossible—and for many complex reasons—to challenge their abuser or ‘to go public’ with their experiences; thus they are unable to access the professional help which is available, and which could be a life-saver to them (both figuratively and actual). Much more publicity should be given to this under-the-radar outrage and any action which contributes to the help and support of those subjected to it is to be welcomed.
One invaluable step forward is the introduction of a law concerning emotional and psychological manifestations of abuse—until now very difficult to quantify—sometimes, but not always, a precursor to physical violence although perhaps more subtle as there are no physical bruises. Continue reading →
This accolade, with dozens more, is presumably the reason that Mr Cocker felt his opinions on other nature-writers are of value, and we have just read his article Death of the naturalist in New Statesman, 17/6/15.
In our view he was by no means as even-handed in his writing of it as was the editor, Jason Cowley, in his publishing of the piece. It may be remembered that it was Jason Cowley, then editor of Granta, who anthologized in Granta 102 (2008) what could be called the cream of ‘The New Nature Writing’, and we do wonder how thoroughly he had read this ‘lecture’ by Mark Cocker—considering its content. Continue reading →
Considering all we have discovered about Jim Perrin’s past relationships, it is interesting to note that after our sister died of her cancer he managed to gain the support and loving sympathy of at least six other partners—up to the present—(two within the year of Jac’s death) with the claim that he was himself now dying of the disease: they could hardly have missed this tragic coincidence…
His account of the illness, see: ‘Jim Perrin diagnosed with Terminal Lung Cancer?‘, and his patient suffering and acceptance as he dealt so bravely with his failing health; together with his ‘history’ of past distress—the ‘lack of any real love or understanding’—was to make him the irresistible subject for the ministrations of the sensitive women he seems to have targeted (they were never without property or means) and with whom, successively, he began A New Life. Continue reading →