1 2021 The Village in the Valley
ISBN -13: 978-1-909248-71-7 Publication date: June 2021 276pp, paperback with flaps Size: 246 x 174mm, 9.75 in x 6.75 in Price: £20.00 / $ 30.00 USA
Corinna Sargood, who illustrated Patience Gray’s Honey from a Weed, spends several months each year in Mexico with her partner, Richard, a furniture maker. They live a simple life, renting a home in the Village in the Valley, south of Mexico City, a life she began in her fifties.
When Corinna was fifty, she first travelled to Mexico, with Richard, her partner of a few months standing. She had a commission to illustrate a book by the novelist Angela Carter. “Angela Carter had asked me to make another series of lino cuts to illustrate the second Virago Book of Fairy Tales that she was editing. As I had calculated that it would take about 3 months to complete, it seemed a good opportunity to decamp to another country and to work there. Angela was a great friend of mine.”
Corinna and Richard just took a few clothes hoping to establish their first home together.
With very few modern amenities, they learnt how to do the laundry in the communal washing place, on what occasions to bring candles to social events, and when - and more importantly why - they should greet the turkeys they met on their walks. Corinna’s memoir of this period is abundantly illustrated with her drawings.
The book is a love story, a memoir and a travel diary. You can read a short extract from the book here.
In addition, the book contains Corinna’s escapades in Italy as a young woman. Corinna and Richard now live in Frome, Somerset, where they live a creative life, illustrating and making furniture, in their seventies.
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