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hesperie



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:57 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I begin to recall other facts about Mary Hocking. Her father produced a dictionary called "ships lost at sea". It's a fascinating work which unfortunately I lost during a move.

Here's a poem by Mary dated 1983. It's about a lily pond which I used to look after at the Anchorhold:
Sunlight moves between the awning of branches,
Dances incessantly along the arteries of the tree,
While green flames fan the leaves.
The endless business of water over stone
disturbs the surface of the pool
And all a shimmer, reflections climb towards their images-
purple daisies breathless in the heat
and the massed stillness of berberis.
Only the water lily rests in implacable calm
on its island fan of leaves.

Obedient to the unceasing flow of power
trees and flowers allow life to move within them;
Demanding no explanation,
presenting no alternative strategy,
They consent, without analysis, to the imperative of being.
Give us grace so to accept our summer benediction,
Storing it against the time
When the veil is drawn between us and the light.


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Judy



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary Hocking is alive and has been living in Lewes East Sussex.  She is in her mid-nineties and very alert mentally, but has had increasing problems with her hearing and eyesight.  She has recently moved into Holy Cross Priory near Heathfield.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judy, thank you for that information. It has prompted me to go on to Amazon and order 'Indifferent Heroes', the second volume in the trilogy which began with 'Good Daughters'. Obviously, as this is a secondhand copy, she will derive no benefit in terms of royalties, but if you are in touch with her, she might care to know that there is still interest in her work.


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MollyR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly, I heard today that Mary Hocking died on Tuesday, aged 93.  There seem to be no obituaries online yet;  it was in looking for some that I found this topic on Google.

I was told that she hadn't been able to write novels for several years because her eyesight failed, which is very sad - I guess she must have had several books still in her head.

I only knew Mary slightly, some years ago, but I remember her as a very pleasant and interesting lady.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I, too, will be looking out for obituaries. It seems very sad that her work seems to have so quickly fallen into what I can only regard as undeserved obscurity. I do hope there is someone out there who can do her justice at her passing.


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Judy



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:45 pm    Post subject: Mary Hocking Funeral Reply with quote

Mary died on 17th February.  One of my good friends visited her regularly and I will post details of her Requiem Mass and funeral when I have them.
We are all parishioners of St Pancras Church Lewes.

it usually takes the papers a few days to get obituaries in.M


Mary's funeral and Requiem Mass will be at St Pancras Church Lewes at 12 noon on Thursday 13th April 2014.




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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes in NZ it can take a couple of months, though a little acknowledgement of the death of someone mildly important will be put in earlier.  

I have no knowledge of Mary Hocking beyond what is in this thread but have been interested at how many people have come to the site because they have googled or otherwise checked her name.  Perhaps we should mention some other more obscure authors and hope for a similar reaction - it has been good to hear from people who have met or known Mary, and I shall keep an eye out for any of her books in second-hand sales.  Thanks.


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sometime Virago



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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you to all for the information about Mary Hocking. Really useful to know all these aspects of her life.
I was at Virago when she was published in the Classics series and equally met her in one of her other endeavours, as co Trustees of a sheltered housing facility for women in Brixton - the Friendly Almshouses.
I am putting together a now better-informed piece in appreciation of Mary, though not exactly sure where it will appear. Will let you know if it does.


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Judy



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:30 pm    Post subject: Mary Hocking Reply with quote

Thanks.  I will be very pleased to read your article when it appears.


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NickYorkshire



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:42 pm    Post subject: Writing about Mary Hocking Reply with quote

Hello all, I've read the posts with great interest. I'm a fan of Mary's work and planning to write something - hopefully an academic article - about her books. I've set up a Wikipedia page but there's clearly so much more to say! I'd be delighted to hear from the people on here that knew her, or knew people that knew her. I wonder if she left an archive? If she had relations who inherited her library? Best Wishes, Nick



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