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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 16:08 
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I’ve been asked if I would post to let everyone know that sadly Nicola Slade or seal puppy as most of you knew her, died yesterday. I know this is going to come as a shock to many but she wasn’t one for the sympathy vote and she didn’t want to be forever talking about it. She’d had a difficult year with cancer but she approached that in her usual style. The family have set up a much loved memorial page https://nicolaslade.muchloved.com/ She loved being part of the online forums and book groups and was never happier than when embroiled in discussions about the most unlikely of topics about characters she loved. I know her own writing both in drabbles and her published works gave both her and us untold pleasure. I know she would send you love and ask you to be kind to yourselves and others.

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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 18:55 
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Thanks for posting that, Sugar - these things are always a sad task.

I literally finished The Merry Month of Murder this afternoon, and feel so sad that there won't be any more, particularly as Nicky so obviously enjoyed writing them. She was such a kind and generous person, and her books have given pleasure to so many people. They will of course, go on giving pleasure to lots of people, so we should be thankful that she left that legacy, and that so many of us had the pleasure of meeting her. Ave atque vale!


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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 19:21 
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll miss her drabbles, her comments here and in the Facebook group, and her insistence that I've got Richard III all wrong :wink: . Sad news.

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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
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Very sad news. Have enjoy all her books especially the ones about the Fyttleton sisters. Thoughts go out to her family and friends.


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I finished reading Merry month of murder a couple of days ago, now reading A crowded coffin. I've been enjoying her books very much, especially the Fyttletons, she was obviusly really enjoying writing them herself, Christabel is a brilliant character. Thanks for passing on the sad news, will miss her from the board, though never met her.


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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 21:59 
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Thanks for posting here, Sugar - never an easy task to do. I had no idea Nicola had been ill, am very sorry to learn of her passing. I only met her once, at the Bristol conference in 2018, but I always enjoyed her comments on these forums, as well as her books - I've really enjoyed them all, and am currently about half way through The Merry Month of Murders. She will be greatly missed. My sympathies go to her family and friends.


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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 22:49 
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Such very sad news. Nicola was a lovely person and will be very much missed. Thank you for letting us know, Sugar.

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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
PostPosted: 09 Oct 2020, 05:04 
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Such sad news, I loved her books (I just finished Merry month of murder following a a re-read of the first Fyttleton novel this week). Will miss her writing and her posts on the CS and EJO.

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PostPosted: 09 Oct 2020, 08:09 
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Very sad news - thanks for letting us know, Sugar.


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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
PostPosted: 09 Oct 2020, 11:52 
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I have been surprised by how bereft this sad news has made me feel, not just at the loss of Nicky as a great person to spend time with, either in person or on-line, but the loss of all that she might still have written.

I was talking to a friend about her last night and I think she summed it up with these words on the loss of an author, or indeed any artist: ".... the tragedy of the entire huge richness of somebody's internal world just totally wiped out."

As Noreen says we are blessed to have met her and to have the legacy of that "rich internal world" still to enjoy even if we are also left with grief at what might have been still to come.

My thoughts are with all her family and friends.

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cestina wrote:

I was talking to a friend about her last night and I think she summed it up with these words on the loss of an author, or indeed any artist: ".... the tragedy of the entire huge richness of somebody's internal world just totally wiped out."



I recently read a newspaper article which said something very similar. It was referring to the forthcoming 40th anniversary of the assassination of John Lennon, but, yes, the same could be said of anyone :cry: .

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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
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Very sad news indeed.


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Sorry to hear the sad news, Sugar. I did meet her once, when on holiday down south, and always enjoyed her books. I feel for her family.

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Very sorry to hear this news.


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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
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I have just seen this, and am also so very saddened ... love to her family and friends. How an amazing that she has had such an impact on people she never met, through her conversations and books. xx

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 Post subject: Re: Nicola Slade (seal puppy)
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I'm another who will miss her presence on the board and the slim hope of a "someday" encounter at a CBB gather. (Yes, I know it's been a decade since I made it over there, so very slim indeed, but....)

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