Posted: 22/10/2014 at 00:24
Lorna Doone by Richard Doddridge Blackmore. I had been an avid reader of Dumas The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, plus books like Beau Geste, and such. Starting High School my English teacher Miss English believe it or not made me read Lorna Doone, forbidden love at East Lyn Exmoor and it registered. I am sure Lorna was my first real love or should that be virtual love. One of the few books I read more than once, probably because I had that and a Bible with me in the Desert. On the long nights laagered down at sunset to dawn I would read to the crews as all paper got used apart from the bible and Lorna my vicious threats to any one who touched Lorna for any reason also kept the book in one piece.
I blame that teacher and that book for setting me off on my writings, she saw something even I did not see until years later when I rediscovered good literature once more, it sent me off on paths I would not have travelled. Now I have a virtual Friend who lives on Exmoor very near Doone country, strange things do happen.