Monday, April 04, 2005

Alice Thomas Ellis, once more

The Spectator had a tribute to Mrs Haycraft last month. You have to fork over the big bucks to view The Speccie's web page these days so I can give you the cite (it's here) but it won't do you much good unless you're feeling rather flush. But they do have one anecdote that needs passing along:

[She] once took part in an earnest feminist questionnaire that asked her to name the most important event in women's history. "The Annunciation" she replied.

It also mentions that there were once plans afoot to found an alternative to The Tablet. Anna, Piers Paul Reid, Damian Thompson and William Oddie were all on board. Alas, it never saw the light of day. But the style can be guessed from the provisional title: "The Inquisitor". Ah, if only.