IT’S ONLY RITA BEING RITA

(a memoir of an enduring but unlikely friendship) “Who was that?” I asked when, after chatting for over an hour, Joe finally replaced the receiver. I was 19, newly arrived in New York, and had just moved into a studio above Carnegie Hall with a man 25 years my senior, Joseph X  Dever, the very … Continue reading IT’S ONLY RITA BEING RITA

FOLLOWING THE HUNT

A Memoir of an Unusual Friendship by Caroline Kennedy   I remember the moment so well. We were sitting across from each other, on red velvet banquettes, in a quiet corner of Annabel’s in Berkeley Square, indulging our taste buds in the nightclub’s  famous marmalade ice-cream, when he suddenly blurted out: “I think I’ve got … Continue reading FOLLOWING THE HUNT

DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF THEIR SHOES – PROLOGUE

This is the prologue of my historical novel, set in India and the Philippines in the 18th Century. Prologue: Sulu Archipelago, Philippine Islands, 15 April 1756 My head bowed I paused for a moment to compose myself. Then, with eyes closed, teeth clenched and muscles tensed against pain, I drew the ornate, double-bladed dagger slowly … Continue reading DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF THEIR SHOES – PROLOGUE

CARNEGIE HALL DAYS

 My new home in New York was a studio above Carnegie Hall I shared with my boyfriend, society columnist Joseph X Dever. Our neighbours in some of the other studios included the jazz pianist and cabaret singer Bobby Short, the Italian impresario Gian Carlo Menotti, the famous milliner and NY street photographer Bill Cunningham, the … Continue reading CARNEGIE HALL DAYS

WANTING TO BE EDDIE

A Cautionary Tale set in Nicaragua in 1996 by Caroline Kennedy High up in his lonely retreat on the Maribios Mountains, Terry Chapman surveys the golden beaches and the viridian waters of the Pacific Ocean 1500 metres below him. Standing on the cliff edge surrounded by towering hardwoods, he watches for a moment as, in … Continue reading WANTING TO BE EDDIE

MICKEY MANTLE, MARY & ME

A Short Story About My Boarding School Days by Caroline Kennedy Mary Lyneham was 16 and a Senior. I was 12 and a Junior. She was already a young woman with hints of curves in all the right places. Me? I was still just a child with no curves at all except around my thighs. … Continue reading MICKEY MANTLE, MARY & ME

THE FUGITIVE KIND

A Short Story By Caroline Kennedy Harry Rose had a very distinct, some would even say, “charming” character. It wouldn’t take long for anyone meeting him for the first time to come to this conclusion. I certainly knew this to be true the minute I met him. I also instinctively knew that we were destined to … Continue reading THE FUGITIVE KIND