From @bongenre: Not a question (yet) but thank-you for writing such a personal book. A lot of criticisms I’ve read have said you wrote an account of your own life that happened to include Isabella, and that there were moments where you wrote about yourself in ways that weren’t necessary. I largely don’t agree, it seems that you two shared so much, especially the anguish in your childhood, and seeing it on the page like that only added to the readers empathy for how Isabella might have felt. I’m still interested in reading the outsider’s account, but I picked up the insiders account first for a reason and you delivered.
From Detmar Blow: Thank you. The book is called Blow by Blow. I was married to isabella so it is definitely about my own life, our life and and our families as well. I wrote 130,000 words which Tom brilliantly edited and polished to approximately 73,000.
My first conversation with Issie at the wedding on September 24, 1988 was about the sadness and deaths in our families.
Issie was very inspired by my family. We lived partly at Hilles the arts and crafts house my grandfather designed and built. The tradition was creative and egalitarian. It has been like that for 100 years. Issie was inspired and very proud about it. It inspired McQueen and artists since it was built.
I think it is hard to write about Issie’s life without knowing her family history–the places she grew up and went to, where she lived etc.