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Submitted by Ned Brooks (not verified) on 15 Sep 2011 - 21:45 Permalink

And what an awkward pose for the photo! I suppose someone liked her verse or the magazine would not have continued to publish it. I doubt it was her main source of income. It would be interesting to know just why the publisher thought this book would make money - and whether it did.
Submitted by Ian Kearey (not verified) on 15 Sep 2011 - 15:49 Permalink

Ook. As if South African apologists for apartheid weren't enough... and her poems were appalling. One little extra point: Strong's 'weakness for the inconsequential detail' immediately marks her out as what we in the vanity publishing world used to term 'menu memories' - those who, when writing their, inevitably boring, autobiographies managed to miss things like the Blitz but were able to recall absolutely every detail of what they had for every meal each day. When driven to distraction by this, one or two editors would add items to the interminable menu lists to see if anyone else read the book through, such as '... soup, Dover sole, elephant testicles, rice pudding...'. We were never pulled up. Glad to see her publishers realised the error of their ways and became a rock group, too.