In just over a week's time she turns 70, and shows no signs of zipping up her pencil case - her latest book, The Pain and the Great One: Soupy Saturdays, is a witty collection of children's stories about sibling rivalry. I must confess, though, that such fragile emotionalism is not quite what I'd expected from the woman whom I, as a schoolgirl, regarded as my rock, the non-judgemental adult who truly understood what I was going through. I'd imagined her as a busty Jewish mamma, dishing out advice in gigantic, homely portions. But in person she's delicate and small, with the body of a ballet dancer. She's wearing a loose-fitting turquoise shirt and black capri pants. Her hair is in a short, girlish bob. With her high cheekbones and wide, easy smile she could be mistaken for Jessica Lange.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
In The Telegraph, Melissa Whitworth meets children's writer Judy Blume.