Stephanie Wolfe Murray was my mother, a remarkable publisher, a tireless aid worker and a role model for women. She had humour, creativity, time for everyone and great problem solving skills.
Since her untimely death in June this year we have collected written tributes to her from those close to her, including Alexander McCall Smith, Alasdair Gray and Jamie Byng. I have assembled these stories – ranging from her childhood, to the publication of Lanark, to her aid work in Kosovo – into a rather beautiful book (you can see the cover above).
But I need to get it printed, and this is where you can help. I need £1,600 to pay for the printing costs (and posting it out to sponsors). I will send all supporters a report about how the money was spent.
Can you help?
I need this money to pay the printers to get it ready for the Edinburgh Book Festival event about my mother, to which I would like to invite you. It will take place on the 23rd August 2017 at 7:45 PM. The event is free but places are limited, so please book your tickets as soon as you can.
Neither the designer (Jim Hutcheson) nor myself want any money for our work on this project. Any extra donations (above £1,600) will go to her three favourite charities: Edinburgh Direct Aid, the John Muir Trust and Compassion in World Farming.
The book came together at lightning speed and, for me, one of her four sons, it comes as a revelation how highly people regarded her. I agree with my brother Magnus, who wrote:
"You know how proud I am to think how much you have shaped my life? A whirlwind, a chain reaction, that started with You! With your belief that life is made of hope and possibilities to craft a better world."
My father, who set up Canongate Publishing with her in 1973 and left some years later, wrote a comment for this book, including this: "I thought that she would last a month and then Canongate would do a Titanic. I could not have been more wrong...She took the mould, broke it, laughed like hell and built another into a far, far better shape."
This precious little book includes memories from the sixties ("Garlic, herbs, spices, wine and cream had arrived in Britain"), the seventies ("I used to hitchhike to and from work. I was quite often given a lift by a young woman who drove a battered Land Rover.") her publishing years ("she was a whirlwind. Her charm turned scowling misogynist monosyllabic authors inside out, into grinning schoolboys,") and her time as an aid worker ("Stephanie changed the world, and saved and enhanced the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the process.")
It will make you laugh and cry and is a good way to preserve her memory for future generations.
This is a limited edition and there are currently no plans for wider distribution. This may be your only chance of getting a copy.
Rupert Wolfe Murray
0747 138 1973
Risks and challenges
In a project like this there is a risk that the book will not get written or published.
But this book has been written, edited and is now with the printer waiting for my signal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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