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Dear Ms Vickers,
This is the first time I've ever written to the author
of a book I've read. I felt I must write to express
my appreciation of your book "Miss Garnet's Angel"
which I read last month. I found it utterly fascinating:
because of the setting in Venice, a magical place I
visited for just one day in the 80s while backpacking
around Europe with my sister; partly because I am quiet
and retiring like Miss Garnet, and can empathise with
her hidden passionate self; partly because I believe
in the philosophy of "tout comprendre c'est tout
pardonner"; partly because I am a Parsi Zoroastrian
in Bombay, and found myself very interested in the parallels
you draw between the Archangel Raphael and Sraosha.
I work at the British Council in Bombay as a librarian,
and my job is to select and order all the books (and
since I am a confirmed bookworm, there's almost nothing
I like doing more). That's how I first came across your
book, which I got to read just last month, while on
holiday in Rajasthan, visiting a tiger sanctuary. The
theme was so unexpected, and so beautifully interwoven
with the Biblical story of Tobias and the Angel. The
Zoroastrian aspect was of particular interest to me,
because I belong to that endangered species myself.
My grandfather, Dr. I. J. S. Taraporewala, was a renowned
scholar of our religion, and translated the Gathas (Songs)
of Zarathushtra into English. I would love to send you
a copy of his book, whenever I can find a friend who
will be visiting the UK, if I can know where to send
I'm now longing to read your second book, which I've
reserved in the library, and have just placed an order
for the third novel. Although I am still at work, I
have recently opted for voluntary early retirement,
and hope to work towards making better children's books
available here in Bombay (where Enid Blyton still reigns
supreme), and also towards a project on tiger conservation,
a cause very dear to my heart.
Many thanks for your book, and
(Ms) Soonoo Taraporewala
Dear Ms Vickers,
This is just to thank you for "Miss Garnet's Angel",
which I have read recently. I find it difficult to find
the right words to express how much I enjoyed both its
subject matter and the language, so let me just say
that reading it was one of the most beautiful, moving
and life-enhancing experiences I have ever had.
I have greatly enjoyed your
novel Miss Garnets Angel,and am now reading instances
of the number 3. Your book was the first book I have
read in many years,and it struck a chord with someone
who has been a teacher for a long time and read nothing
but Educational texts, always putting the job and other
people first. Good luck with your next endeavour....
may your angel always be with you.
Dear Ms. Vickers,
Last April I purchased a copy of Miss Garnet's Angel
because it looked like the kind of book I'd enjoy plus
I would be travelling to Italy in July, ending my trip
with 3 days in Venice. The book sat quietly waiting
for me while I finished The Agony & the Ecstasy
(again) and I finally got to it this week. I can honestly
say it was one of the best books I've ever read!! Not
only did I get to revisit the city I had fallen in love
with, but the book combined so many of my favorite themes
and devises: intertwining stories, syncronicities, angels,
ancient religions, art, and of course, Venice. I know
I will reread the book, savouring it all the more the
second time around, just as I plan to revisit Venice
very soon, with many new places to find and explore,
thanks to your superb writing. P.S. Your web-site is
fabulous as well!
Dear Miss Vickers,
Thank you for Miss Garnet's Angel. It was just what
I needed at a period of transition in my own life and
I look forward to reading your other novel. It's amazing.
I've never written a fan letter before, but this is
all so easy. I guess there are compensations in the
My friends and I loved hearing you speak in Washington
and now we have bought both your books and read them.
They are mind blowing - life altering. You have a very
special touch with humour, light, love and laughter.
Please go on writing - we need writers like you who
make life seem worthwhile.
From a Boston fan - loved it
Salley! Loved The Number 3 and reading Miss Garnet.
All power to you!
Dear Salley Vickers,
I just finished Miss Garnet's Angel, a wonderful book!
I am about Miss Garnet's age, have never been to Europe
but now I want to go to Venice. Does the Campo Angelo
Raffaele really exist? The church? I have never been
so charmed by a novel.
I loved this book and have recommended
it to many of my readaholic friends. Particularly, I
enjoyed the side by side themes of the angelic realm
interacting with daily human lives - I'm sure this is
true but we are often too busy to notice our 'travelling
companions!' Thankyou Salley, I am keeping Instances
of the Number 3 to read on a long plane journey - from
Australia to England. My overhead light will be the
last one to go out, I am sure.
Mavis Urwin Australia
All our family have read and
loved Miss Garnet. We have given copies to family and
friends. It really is a particularly good book on so
It was the review in The Spectator
which caught my eye and I ordered a copy through my
local Barrabas. It looked like a mixture of a detective
story and travel book and so it is too. But we all wound
up checking the Apocrypha and looking at bridges more
carefully. The erudition was not intrusive but was there
and what we all felt was that it had heart. And the
story line kept us turning the pages (sometimes backwards
too). I know it was the most enjoyable book I have read
in thirty years, since The Violins of St. Jacques!
It is very pleasing to see you are coming to Melbourne
later this month. Although all the family are readers
we do not normally attend literary talk fests but we
are coming to hear you. We very much like the voice
we hear behind the books and want to hear you in person.
We hope you enjoy your visit and manage to get out of
the city. You might find a book in New Norcia!
I finally got my hands on a copy of Instances of the
Number 3 (a friend of mine has just returned from London
and picked up a paperback copy at Heathrow). I read
it in 2 sittings over 2 nights and once again enjoyed
your writing immensely. Like Miss Garnet's Angel I particularly
relish and enjoy the overlap between the inner and outer
world, the spiritual and material plane, the quick and
the dead! I gather that you are working on your third
novel - all power to your pen in that case. You are
building a fierce and loyal fan club here in Western
Australia let me tell you: I have passed Miss Garnet
on to several avid readers and they have introduced
it to their book clubs and circles of friends.
'we're all linked somehow - even the dead' This line
in Number 3 summed up the essence of the whole novel
for me and summed up something that my own experience
has gleaned through a 53 year journey. Thank you yet
again for bringing joy and insight, wonder and compassion,
renewed energy and great encouragement through your
distinctive and luminous writing.
With the assurance of my gratitude, warm wishes and
Tony James - Abbot's secretary
It isn't often that I read
a book which I feel is life changing, but In of the
No 3 seemed such a one to me. I read it when I was wrestling
with a disintegrating friendship and suddenly there
was your wonderfully conceived, witty, profound, humane
novel about forgiveness. It is particularly impressive
because it shows the muddle of it all - beautifully
illustrated by the character of Zahin - who seems pivotal
to the novel.
Can you explain why Peter only appeared to Bridget,
is it because she is the person he wronged ?
Our reading group read Miss G's Angel and now I hope
we will all read this one.
I'm now a fully paid up member of your fan club! I loved
"Instances of the Number 3" too. I read it
in very unpropitious circumstances, with a lot of disturbing
repairs going on at home, and will need to read it again
to derive every nuance from it. In the meantime, even
before I read it, I placed an order for it (along with
a copy of Miss Garnet) at a bookshop nearby, knowing
that I would be sure to like it. Hamlet is my favourite
among Shakespeare's tragedies, and I thought I knew
it fairly well, but you brought out so many more insights
into the meaning of the play, e.g. the ghost's need
to forgive in order to redeem itself (himself?) from
Purgatory. I've been telling a lot of my friends bout
your books, and one of them has just finished "Miss
Garnet's Angel" and loved it too - I've now given
her "Instances" to read. She in her turn has
told other friends that they must read Miss Garnet.
Did you know that the idea of the dog accompanying a
dead person occurs also in the great Hindu epic, the
Mahabharata? In it, the dog is the God of Death, Yama,
in disguise, and he accompanies Yudhishthira, the eldest
of the Pandava brothers, on his journey up to heaven
via the Himalayas.
Many thanks for your books
With warm regards