WanderingScribe is a blog written by a woman who has been homeless in London for five months. She has a car, and has access to libraries where she can get online and write about herself, but that's about it.
If you want an introductory article which gives the background to this story, there is one on the BBC site, and plenty of comments have been added. The lady herself also offers links to a BBConline interview, a NY Times audio interview, and something with Le Monde.
Now. I have not ventured very far into WanderingScribe. For a variety of reasons. But my initial reaction, I am sorry to say, is one of deep suspicion. Especially when Blogger Buzz gives me the following quotation from the lady's recent posts:
There have been meetings and it looks like there might be a publishing deal. Nothing is settled...and don't know what else to say for now, feel everything, and sometimes nothing, just walking around in a daze...my fingernails bitten down to the quick.Of course, WanderingScribe could easily be a genuine story. And it could just as easily not. And I am not entirely alone, I am relieved to find, in being somewhat sceptical. See the comments on the BBC article.
Yes, I know. I am a hard, bitter, twisted and cynical old man. But that's what a lifetime in the book world gets you.