We are quite happy to view images of writers’ desks and read features on ‘Where I Write’. Very different would be to see ‘Where I Sleep’ or ‘Where I Park the Car’; ‘Where I store the extra loo roll’. Of course, it’s not as interesting . . . but it does mean we fail to comprehend the real stuff of the life of a writer and to see those people at the sides of writers’ lives, who are often also central to their existence.
Melville House turns the spotlight on several famous writers’ companions and the key roles they played in their writers’ lives and literary legacies.