I mentioned that her last book felt like a pair of comfortable slippers so I was very surprised to see her use this analogy in the novel I'm currently reading, “The Silent Country”. Here character Bill Rowe, the new TV network CEO, is talking about one of the programmes:
“My concern is that a lot of the programming of the station is a bit - comfortable. I’d rather we became less the favourite slipper and hit somewhere between the stiletto and the Doc Martin”.
I still think Di might be in slipper mode. As for stiletto of the book world, I’m thinking more Tasmina Perry (Goldiggers, Daddy’s Girls, Original Sin etc.) Apart from her ability to dress her characters in the most exclusive designer shoes with names like Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choos dropping from her pages, the glamorous world of the rich and powerful is always cut-throat and bitchy. Great reading if you want to discover some of the worst aspects of power and escape to a jet-setting world of designer labels.
The Doc Martin of books was a bit more difficult. Having just pulled an Inspector Linlay novel off the shelf, "Banquet of Consequences" by Elizabeth George, her character Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers springs to mind. Her rough diamond character but dogged determination fits. It’s a great detective series that I’m just getting into (the TV series missed me somehow).
So sticking with the shoe analogy, personally I think its great to break out and try a different style every so often. After all, we all know slippers don’t last forever and it's refreshing to break out of the comfort zone occasionally.
What’s your shoe style?