First Person

Paris, May 1968

AS I LAY ASLEEP in Italy … Though not exactly Italy, but Herefordshire. David Wordsworth (a remote descendant of the poet) and I had decided to do some walking in the English countryside, and we agreed on the Golden Valley, partly because he also wanted to visit his mother and little (half) sister. His father had been an officer in the British army in India who had shot through when David was very young; he had had no contact with him since. There was a regular reviewer in the Guardian and elsewhere called Christopher Wordsworth whom David once said he…

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