“I believe in luxury travel, angels and being able to change one’s mind.”
Genevieve Fox is the author of ‘Milkshakes and Morphine: A Memoir of Love and Loss,’ which is being published in January 2018 by Square Peg, Penguin Random House. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover:
Here’s what Square Peg says about ‘Milkshakes and Morphine: A Memoir of Love and Loss’:
This is a singular memoir: an excavation of mother love, a candid account of the agonies, and the absurdities, of the cancer experience, and a doggedly optimistic paean to life.
When Genevieve Fox finds a lump in her throat, she turns up for the hospital diagnosis in a party frock and fancy hair. I can’t have cancer, she thinks, I’ve done my hair. But there is another reason she can’t countenance cancer: Genevieve was orphaned to it at the age of nine.
Genevieve’s story weaves together past and present as she recalls her rackety, unconventional childhood, while also facing the spectre of being lost to her young boys. Yet, she confronts her treatment with the same sassy survival instinct that characterised her childhood misadventures. Through an extraordinary alchemy, Genevieve takes life’s precariousness and turns it on its head.
Genevieve and journalism •
Formerly the Features Editor of The Daily Telegraph, Genevieve has edited on the Independent, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard and ES magazine, plus a range of other titles from YOU to Arts Review, Grazia to Glamour. As well as general features and books, she writes about culture, property, spas and luxury travel. As a columnist, Genevieve has explored armchair shopping, style tribes and book groups.
I began my journalistic career writing up crib notes for Reggie Kray, who was writing a book from Broadmoor about slang, edited by the writer Francis Wyndham. When Reggie requested I visit him in Broadmoor, I hot-footed it to the Central Republic of the Congo. Writing about missionaries and West African art was suddenly far more appealing. Back in the UK nine months later, I cut off my African hair extensions (fake hair, not human) and wrote broader arts pieces before turning to features, celebrity interviews, property, wellbeing and luxury travel. You can find my pieces everywhere from The Telegraph, Guardian, Times, Independent and the Daily Mail to the New Statesman, Catholic Herald, Marie Claire and Psychologies.
Genevieve on her journalistic career:
“I have interviewed a range of actors, authors, public figures and celebrities, including Juliet Stevenson, Jonathan Franzen, Jung Chang, Elizabeth Jennings, Paula Rego, Julie Walters, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Kristen Scott Thomas, Rose Tremain, Kate Atkinson, David Grossman, Nicole Krauss, Kathryn Stockett, Jeffrey Archer, Alexander McCall Smith and Howard Jacobson.
I ran the Daily Telegraph Book Club and wrote a weekly column, The Daily Telegraph Book Group.The Book Club became a touring event, sponsored by National Book Tokens. I’ve reviewed debut fiction for The Daily Mail and I’ve been a member of three book groups, one for fifteen years. The latter was called The No 8 Group. Our choices were eclectic: high, low, never both and always fuelled by three-course meals in each other’s homes. I’d say The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown was a low, and Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End a high. It’s just about one of the most tender, poetic novels I have ever read.”
Manuscripts, Mentoring and Creative Writing Services•
Genevieve also edits fiction and non-fiction for writers at manuscript stage, and she teaches creative writing. In September 2017 she is starting an interdisciplinary PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey, looking at the interplay between memory, fiction and free will. Genevieve also runs Manuscripts and Mentoring, which helps writers working on first drafts of fiction, non-fiction and memoir, as well as at those who are ready to submit to agents. The bespoke Mentoring Service is a supportive service aimed at writers who need to build up some momentum on a first draft from one who’s been there.
“For me, one of the hardest things about finishing a book is writing regularly and getting to the finishing line, in spite of those pernicious demons who whisper in your ear and say: ‘Don’t bother! What’s the point?’ and other things I can’t repeat. The trick is to up your word count come hell or high water, to avoid looking back on what you’ve written, and to ignore those voices of doubt in your head. Writing requires tenacity and determination. I’m the professional writing buddy and creative mentor who can remind you of that, and more besides.
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