Elopement: A Memoir is the title of the new book I’ve written. It’s about falling in love and marrying in later life. After six years writing, it will be released in October.
An autobiography tells the story of the whole of a writer’s life. It is the ideal medium for life-stories of the rich and famous. Politicians and other important people also write their autobiographies.
Memoir is also a story about the writer’s life, This genre is better suited to us lesser mortals. Memoir differs sharply from autobiography. It does not try for a grand sweep. Instead, memoir narrows the story to an event or an aspect of the writer’s experience.
Elopement: A Memoir Is about a recent part of my life. I have the photos, like a novelist’s pin board. I’d love to share them with my readers.
Elopement: A Memoir – photos
A previously committed land-lubber, I took to sailing with a passion after I met John. We spent lots of time on board his beautiful yacht, Amigo Diablo.
This is the photo of the Fremantle Yacht Club. I took it during my first helicopter ride. The ride was an amazing gift from my son, James O’Callaghan, for my 69th birthday.
John and I married during a romantic, very private nuptial Mass in 2007. Father Trevor Simons was the celebrant. John turned seventy-one the day before.
A few hours later, we flew to Paris. That was the start of a six-week-long holiday in France. It was my first ever trip to Europe. Here are some images that epitomise my experience.
There are hundreds more images. All of them have informed Elopement: A Memoir. The purpose of this post is to share a taste of my experience.