On a recent visit to Portobello Market I had a brief chat with Notting Hill writer Laura Del-Rivo.
Ms Del-Rivo, who has for some time run a stall at the market (she sells socks and stockings), achieved some literary fame with her novel The Furnished Room, which was published in 1961 and made into a film called West 11 in 1963.
I asked her whether she was writing something at the moment.
She was surprised by the question:
-I've never stopped writing -she said-, but they won't publish it.
I told her I would have thought that someone who had published a successful novel that was made into a film wouldn't have so much difficulty getting her stuff published.
-I thought so, too - she said.
Here's a picture of Laura Del-Rivo in 1961 by Ida Kar