BoomerBabesLife is a Proud Supporter of the LoveYourSister Foundation fundraising for Cancer Research. We are excited to now have available Samuel Johnsons Sister – Hilde Hinton – 1st ever book and it’s amazing! Here is what Samuel said … make sure you get your copy (link for purchase direct below.
“I’ll cut to the chase. Mum killed herself, finally, after countless attempts, by the time I was 3. By all accounts, I was lucky not to grow up with her. She was extremely unstable and found life to be the most dreadful and onerous undertaking. My sister Hilde found her dead. She was 12 years old.
Hilde was late that day. She blamed herself of course. Which 12 years old wouldn’t? What if she hadn’t gone straight up those housing commission stairs, instead of delaying, delaying, because she didn’t know which mum she was going to get that day? At that dreadful moment, she came to understand the importance of a minute. For Hilde, a minute is a long time. Hilde taught Connie about the importance of minutes while I was off-grid being a celebrity fuckup. Then Connie got sick and she taught me, and us, that now is awesome. But our ‘Now is Awesome’ ethos is born from Hilde’s understanding of the significance of every single minute.
Before the start of this tour, I threw Hilde’s minutes back in her face. Full gauntlet. I challenged her to take leave from her job and use her minutes with me out on the road. To write more, as she had always wanted to. I promised they’d be the best minutes of her life. That now could be more awesome. My argument? That until she threw away time completely she’d be stuck with ticking in her head forever.
She didn’t need much encouragement. Before I knew it she was on the road with me, she’d written her first novel and she had bagged a high-end publisher. My big sister Hilde punched out no ordinary novel, at the tender age of 50, between Love Your Sister fundraisers. I like to think we nourished her towards it.
So, whilst this post isn’t exactly about fundraising for cancer, it is about family, which is what we’re all about, so I hope you don’t mind me deviating away from cancer research briefly to boast about our most brilliant sibling. The one who, behind the scenes, has always shone the brightest. The one who showed Connie and me how to be. Our mum, when mum left.
I did a deal with Booktopia and they’re offering a 30% discount to any villagers who want a copy. Needless to say, I’m hoping we get around here for this one.
Here’s the link. Our secret password is “VILLAGE”