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DON’T HIT ME! – A True Story by Vanessa De Largie

Inset pic- The book cover by Oregon artist Lizzie Russell. The blue blotches  represent tears, sperm, bruises, blood, saliva- a coming undone. Featured- Author and actress Vanessa De Largie
Inset pic- The book cover by Oregon artist Lizzie Russell. The blue blotches represent tears, sperm, bruises, blood, saliva- a woman coming undone. Featured pic- Talented authot, actress and voiceover artist Vanessa De Largie

Oh…some of the roads that we walk down in life are just so painful… And yet there remains this need to communicate what we have been through….so that we, and other wayfarers   may learn from the experience…

Vanessa de Largie went down a long and torturous road whilst she stayed in a relationship with an abusive and violent partner. She documents this time in her life with her book DON’T HIT ME! which she has written from diary notes taken at the time.

The structure is simple. Each page has a subject heading and then her notes/thoughts are detailed below.

It makes for tough reading. The account is raw. De Largie is a straight shooter …

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WILL AND ME: HOW SHAKESPEARE TOOK OVER MY LIFE

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‘Alas poor Yorick, I knew him well’… One of the many Globe productions directed by Dominic Dromgoole.

The joy of Shakespeare is that whether you are a Bard Tragic or just a dabbler, you are guaranteed to find at least one or two quotes that feel so tasty and nice to speak and hear that you want to find the odd opportunity to trot them out.

There was even a song called “Brush up Your Shakespeare” written in “Kiss Me Kate” dealing with the universal delight that this genius can spark. (For years my daughters giggled and wondered, when we were sailing, at my exhortations directed at the heavens to “Blow mighty Jupiter!” and “Blow winds and crack your cheeks!”; delivered, of course, at the top of my voice. You only need “Blow wind” for Google to direct you to King Lear Act III Scene ll.)

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