and thus take one or two for the team. I mean, every time I am off and away on vacation, some major stuff happens. Ok, not counting silly shitstorms like the recent ‘Black Sunday (And Monday and Tuesday)’, but fabulous little gems such as this Audible trailer/interview/clip with Joy Ellis.
I know you have seen this already, but I can’t go to bed tonight without leaving this here. I not only loved seeing Armitage in that clip (the way he greeted her with a double kiss was lovely –
I am probably reading way too much into it, what with his recent loss, but to see him so sweet and attentive with an older woman was just… heartwarming? Gorgeous in an old-fashioned, chivalrous way? Not to mention hearing Ellis herself being quite smitten with Armitage. Awww.
The main point, however, is that I loved listening to her. Just the way she spoke, even that tiny lisp, and the way she sat there, being interviewed, with a delighted, bright smile that nevertheless had a touch of “I can’t believe this is happening to me” in it, was just so likeable. Never mind her praise for Armitage – I like her without her validation of him.
I also very much liked the little excerpt he reads in the clip. It sounds as if Ellis writes crime with conscience and thought. An almost metaphysical subtext there between the two characters read by RA. I can’t wait to hear this audio book!
Major plus: the setting. I have never been in the Fens but I have known about this region of the UK ever since I read Graham Swift’s Waterland in 1993. It’s a brilliant postmodern novel about history and historiography. And the Fens themselves, from what I have seen in the Ellis clip and from what I have read in Waterland, remind me very much of the part of Northern Germany I grew up in. Bare. Flat. Plain. Green. Water. Sky.
By the way – my enthusiasm today reached all the way – I lived the editing on the clip, too, particularly Armitage reading the excerpt while Ellis is simultaneously shown typing at her PC. Big shout-out to the editor (or a lighting guy, if there was one) – the back-lit eyelashes and the play of light and shade on Armitage’s face made even more attractive what was already irresistible to begin with.
Oh, and coat!
Jeepers, I even liked the grey knitted jumper!!!
I don’t know what’s wrong with me, maybe the sun has fried my brain, but if you agree and want more of such nice clips and news of Armitage, maybe you could all club together and send me on a few cruises or something like that. With me off-comms, you’ll be sure to receive some gorgeous Armitage goodies!
Back to watching that clip again. Legs!!! Silver temples!!! Belly laughs!!! Tender hugs!!! Fangirl down!!!