Sheila came into the shop yesterday and wanted a series of books by Iris Johansen which she said were awfully good. Forensic crime and awfully good. She asked me what I was reading and I told her about Hal Porter and Olga Masters but she hadn’t heard of them, as I had not heard of Iris Johansen. She had to spell the name out for me. She had not heard of the books I was reading but she was enthusiastic about my enthusiasm. She was delighted with me, she leaned over her walking frame to listen closely, generously and she said: Well, who’d have thought it! They build up in you don’t they!
Then she left, slowly, easing her walking frame through the door, taking ages to get home and complaining about nothing.
Photography by Lisa Zoe