Behind every great woman stands an unsung hero - or so at least we must conclude after reading the remarkable autobiography of Celia Notso-Pointy, lifelong friend, companion and - we can now add - muse to Audrey Badminton Court, the distinguished culinary bio-ethicist. Ms Badminton-Court's life and work have long been a matter of public record and she was recently particularly "high profile" thanks to sensational reports surrounding her contribution to the famous Thrupiece Tables, named for her friend and scientific collaborator Professor Brian Thrupiece. But what of her constant and apparently quietly supportive companion? Who is the woman in the photographs of whom barely a word has been written or even spoken?
In this compelling autobiography drawn from her two private memoirs - which we are told in an authoritative introduction by Mrs Amanda J Threadbone were never intended for publication - we learn much, but by no means all, about this attractive yet enigmatic lady. Born in the "1940s" somewhere in the West Country to lower middle class parents , she was educated at a private girls school before going on to the University of Hampreston where she studied Pure Mathematics with Gymnastics, graduating with a BSc and a fractured pelvis. It was whilst undertaking physiotherapy in Switzerland that she first met Ms Badminton-Court and a lifelong partnership began. Modest to a fault "I was never as well endowed as Audrey and it showed, especially in a singlet", she soon decided to sublimate her own desires and instead give in to those of Ms Badminton-Court. "For a while we wrestled with each other's arrangements trying to decide whether we could find a mutually satisfactory modus operandi. But in the end it was obvious she would end up on top, so I said "So be it!" My father always taught me it was better to give than receive and that's what I've done, I've never regretted it. "
Subscribers to the Threadbone Press's digital online facility can pre-order Why Not Take All of Me which will be published in March. A small number of signed copies will be available though Ms Notso-Pointy (85) will not be making any promotional appearances.
Why Not Take All of Me by Celia Notso-Pointy will be published in March
by The Threadbone Press