The mother of one of my friends (who had severe ME for many years) emailed me to say how much she had enjoyed TSoM. She particularly liked the characterisation, and Jana and Helen reminded her of Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls, forty years on. I love when people are not just commenting on the portrayal of the illness but other aspects of the book too. (From some of the feedback - though very positive - I am wondering if those with ME tune so much into the illness that they perhaps miss other parts of the novel just cos they are so happy/relieved to see themselves reflected in Helen.) And I am thrilled to see the book in the Invest in ME newsletter today. I have just called this post 'Reminded of Edna', and again I am reminded of a TSoM incident, when Helen thinks of lines from an Edna St Vincent Millay poem. I wonder for how long I will associate random thoughts with the book! When will I forget?