Is all the information that we have discovered and made public about the author Jim Perrin falling on deaf ears in Wales? Apparently not minded to pay any attention to the details which we have been posting, the editor of the ‘New Welsh Review’ continues to credit him with her personal approval; even allowing to stand, in NWR, a review of West in which the reviewer used these accusatory words — by implication of our family and Jac, the sister we lost to cancer — ‘About the cruel and covetous behaviour of the immediate family of the recently deceased.’ Please see our post Pillaging. This was quite shameful as although the reviewer may not have known the facts, the editor had most certainly been told. Continue reading
Finally: (as this is the last posting in a sequence of four). Did Jim Perrin leave our sister at such a crucial time because, possibly, the nurses had told him that ‘she was a little brighter’; ‘she was a little better’ — (which is what he relayed to her sisters that evening) and he felt it was acceptable to do so. It might have been, for instance, that after all he did have pressing business reasons to leave her?
Perhaps after consideration he thought it would be safe to go, so his absence — and his exceptionally late arrival next day, on Wednesday — could well be explained if, as we now suppose, he was some distance away.
To reiterate what we have written in earlier posts: Jim Perrin was the first person Jac’s ‘Welsh’ sister had tried to telephone after she arrived at the hospital at 7 am. that Wednesday and discovered how gravely ill Jac had become.
She had been offered the use of the staff office whilst telephoning and had continued, unsuccessfully, to try to reach him in between her calls to others which it was also necessary to make (and she was desperately trying to find Jac’s daughter): until, no longer wishing to be away from Jac’s side — the nurses had explained that she would not be rousing from the coma into which she had fallen and might die at any time — she accepted Jac’s ‘first love’s’ offer to continue her efforts to contact Jim Perrin. He also said that he would try to locate one of Jac’s sons and his girlfriend who were in South America. (This, amazingly, he managed to do… ) Continue reading
It is clear from the details we have shown that the time-line Jim Perrin gave about our sister’s death was false. He was not, as he wrote, with Jac when she died ‘as she sank into her last sleep’. And there is a marked disparity between what he told her sisters when they rang him on Tuesday night (he had chosen not to telephone any of her family to keep them informed) and his graphic descriptions afterwards, in West, of Jac’s worsening condition.
What he told them was noticeably brief and couched in ‘hospital-speak’: he ‘thought she was a little brighter’ — ‘that she was a little better.’ They were hardly the words of loving concern or ones which shared any meaningful detail; we were aware of a marked inadequacy. Might he have telephoned the hospital that day, before, or instead of, going there himself? The journey from Jac’s house to Chester takes about an hour; was it what he had been told? The words do sound more ‘hospital’ than ‘Perrin’, and he did write, later, in West that actually he drove to Derbyshire — very far indeed from Chester… Continue reading