We were going into central Delhi from Majnu-ka-tilla, a Tibetan colony on the outskirts of the city. At the lights, the driver of the adjoining auto-rickshaw looked from me to my wife and then shared a smile with our driver.
Tobias Wolfe at the book signing after a talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival a couple of years ago. Eighteen months later and I decided to add a few words. I looked up his collections of short stories and see that Hunters in the Snow was first published in 1981.
I am amazed: I don’t see how that can be. I am convinced I read it at an earlier stage of my life, in different circumstances. And that The Barracks Thief was published in 1984. Amazing to me that I was reading these books then; I thought I was heavily involved in getting ahead.
Each year in September, the city of Bath is host to Jane Austen week. It’s when people from all over the world converge on the city to dress up in clothes of the period and promenade around.
On the first day of that week, 500 or so people in costume walk through the city from the Assembly Rooms and down into the heart of the town and back again. It was after they reached their destination that I spoke to this woman and took her photo.
She seems so pleased and happy to be there in period costume during Jane Austen Week. Her pleasure was infectious and I enjoyed photographing her.