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Jottings: Flights of Fancy from Our Betty

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JOTTINGS is a collection of the stories that Liz Smith has written over the years. Sometimes they explore the darker side of life and what may occur out of the public gaze: a rich and lonely housewife neglects her child and the nanny subjects her charge to unpleasant and adult scenes; a man's wish for fame catapults him into prison and mistaken notoriety; an unhappy wife l ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Simon Schuster UK
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Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I thought this would be about Liz Smith's life, but it was a very odd collection of stories/writing inspired by some of the characters she has played. I found them depressing and one disturbing.
Stephanie Jane
This collection of ten short stories goes to much darker places than I expected from Liz Smith, but then I only really know her from her characters in The Royle Family and Lark Rise. Two stories, Eliza and Christine, take up most of the book with Eliza particularly being an interesting tale of an abused wife seizing an unexpected opportunity. Other stories might last only a couple of pages and one poem is included, but, for me, these additional pieces felt more like padding and didn't have the c ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This woman seems on reading her jottings an absolute crackpot but yet again she has that same silly sense of humour that I get and find funny and interesting. I think I may just be a secret crackpot myself...
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Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Smith is an American gossip columnist, nicknamed "The Grand Dame of Dish."

On February 16, 1976, Smith began a self-titled gossip column for the New York Daily News. During a 1979 newspaper strike, her Daily News editors asked her to appear daily on WNBC-TV's Live at Five, and she stayed with the program for eleven years. Her exposure on television made Smith a popular figure o
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