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If you’re able to vault over the Times’ paywall, there’s a rather nice interview with Louisa Young, author of MY DEAR I WANTED TO TELL YOU. If not – don’t worry – here’s the best anecdote (so there, Mr Murdoch):
When Young was 11, she dismayed her urbane family with an attack of religiosity and a demand to be christened. She chose her godparents herself, and why does it not surprise me that they were John Betjeman and Henry Kissinger, both family friends? Louisa Young is what happens when you have a poet laureate and an international statesman to guide your formative years.
“I chose the cuddly, clever guys, and that’s what they looked like to a young girl. John Betjeman was adorable. He was just what you would want. He gave me a locket in the shape of a Smartie.” On the other hand, Dr Kissinger was a little less cuddly. “My knowledge of politics wasn’t very high. Henry had been a very good friend of my parents. He said he was honoured to be my godfather, but feared for my moral soul. I’ve still got that letter somewhere.”
Helen Rumbelow, The Times
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