Updates

Yours Sincerely

Thursday, 12 October 2017

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One of the many joys of working through the boxes and files of letters as we edit this book is stumbling across correspondence to Miles from the great and the good, many of whom were friends of his.

Recognise any of these signatures?

Clues, in case you need them: A Python, an illustrator, a conductor and a poet.

Notes from Limpley Stoke

Monday, 9 October 2017

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Last week I paid my third visit to Limpley Stoke where Caroline and I (more or less) finished the final selection of letters for the book.

We now have three ringbinders full of copies of letters in plastic sleeves. These are grouped into thematic chapters (more on those at a later date) and are chronological within each chapter. Caroline is just checking and finishing off the running order and…

Boxes, Dogs and Whittling Down

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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I was back in Limpley Stoke last week, to work with Caroline and her friend, Megan, on the next round of the selection process. We made excellent progress and I think one more session, scheduled for early October, will be all we need to have the final content for the book in place.

But it has been rather a large job. Just look at the boxes and boxes of material that had to be sorted through.

Bacon and Marmalade on Toast

Thursday, 13 July 2017

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When I headed home from Limpley Stoke last week, Caroline kindly gave me a loaf of bread she had baked to Miles' special recipe, telling me that it was best when toasted and that Miles enjoyed it with marmalade and grilled bacon on it for breakfast.

Well, it would have been rude not to.

And, of course, you too can enjoy this bread, with our without marmalade and bacon, by pledging for…

Greetings from Limpley Stoke

Friday, 7 July 2017

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Yesterday I travelled down to visit Caroline Kington at the home she shared with Miles in Limpley Stoke. Together we spent some hours going through the many folders of letters that she has collated, picking out those we felt would be perfect for inclusion in My Mother, the Bearded Lady.

We have decided on grouping the letters by theme, rather than chronologically, as this is intended to be…

100%: A Thank You

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

I am delighted to announce that My Mother, the Bearded Lady, has hit its target and will now go into production. Here is a personal message from Caroline Kington:

'On Miles’s behalf, I would like to thank all those who have supported this project and helped me fulfil my promise to my beloved husband. He never took his professional writing for granted. Although he wrote every day, he never ‘just…

Miles on Autobiographies

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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Greetings lovely supporters!

It has been a while since we posted an update. Apologies for our tardiness but we have been beavering away behind the scenes trying to get this book funded. Progress, we can report, is slow but steady. We are reliably informed that every project on Unbound that has reached 70% of its target has subsequently gone on to be published, so you can imagine our excitement…

A Life Cut Short

Friday, 3 March 2017

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We are delighted to report that we have added a brand new reward to our panoply of delights: a CD containing the last recorded interview Miles gave.

The broadcaster Tony Staveacre has kindly offered the recordings to help support our aim to get this volume of Miles' letters funded and published. Here's a short introduction to the CD from Tony:

For a man who wrote at least 800 words nearly every…

Three Miles High

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Last week we shared Miles' resignation letter from Punch magazine. In it he mentions a possible television documentary about the Andes railways.

And here it is.

Resigning from Punch

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

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In 1980, following the suggestion of its editor, Alan Coren, Miles resigned from his position as a writer for Punch magazine. The reasons are self-evident from his resignation letter, which is included in full below.

It is interesting to note that the column in the Mirror never materialised, although the television documentary about the Andes railways did come about.

 

 

 

A 'Thank You' Letter

Thursday, 19 January 2017

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As we make progress with crowdfunding this collection of Miles Kington's letters, we will occasionally share some of the letters we are unearthing from within the piles of Miles' correspondence. A taster of the book to come, if you will.

Now that Christmas is just a hazy, leftovers- and chocolate-fueled memory, some of you may be harrassing your children to write belated 'thank you' letters to…

Thanks. Progress. Prints.

Monday, 12 December 2016

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We wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported My Mother, the Bearded Lady so far. We are extremely grateful and it is heartwarming to see so many people helping to make this book a reality. Caroline Kington wanted to pass on her personal thanks to each and every one of you.

The book has had 58 pledges so far and acheived 36% of the funding it needs, which is pretty good and puts…

Writing in progress
Publication date: TBC
112% funded
167 backers