Wolves of Water index
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Here's what he says about her, Busby and the book.
When Busby published Wolves of Water in 2006 I was surprised and disappointed to find no index. By then I had been working with him for thirteen years and I felt (and still feel) that his account of those years is extremely important. The lack of an index reduces its usefulness, I thought, so I made one. I didn't ask for Busby's approval. He didn't approve — Haven't you got anything more important to do? he asked.
The few mistakes I found are in the Errata but Busby made one substantial omission — my wife Sally doesn't appear in the book at all, despite her long and crucial contribution to the campaign. If she hadn't been earning most of the money in our household I couldn't have spent those years travelling, reading, writing, attending meetings, designing leaflets, doing mailouts and generally chivvying Busby. And he has often remarked that if I hadn't chivvied him he would probably have given up. Sally has supported and enabled the whole enterprise with endless patience and generosity and in too many ways to list, though I will say they include her ability as a mathematician and statistician.
In the 1960s Sally's father, Alan Shillito, and I used to have robust discussions about many things. Alan was a career civil servant who by then was a permanent under-secretary at the Admiralty. At that time I was neither politically active nor much concerned about the environment (that took another 20-odd years to emerge) but one Sunday lunchtime we discussed nuclear power. I have a flashbulb memory of saying to him How can you defend an industry that doesn't have a solution for its wastes? Now Alan had a deep mistrust of novelty and, though highly intelligent, he was defeated by the most elementary technologies. So his answer still surprises me — he said The scientists will find a way.
They haven't found a way, unless we count the myriad denials, cover-up techniques and stratagems Busby has described. So I'm thankful that civil service mentality isn't hereditary and I dedicate this index to Sally Bramhall, née Shillito. By association I also dedicate it to all the other unsung enablers without whom no campaign would make progress.
Wolves of Water includes a poem called On the Beach.
Busby wrote it in New Brighton while on a speaking tour of New Zealand
and surely he named it after Neville Shute's nuclear holocaust novel (I
see Amazon refers to it as prophetic). So on a whim I rummaged through the photo albums for these pictures of Sally on the beach in the old
Brighton when she was at nearby Sussex University.
Sorry about the photography - cheap camera and grainy film, processed in the bathroom. At the top of the page she's wearing her Granny's old fur coat before it fell to bits and was turned into soft toys. This was in 1967 and behind her is the West Pier - now a fire-stripped skeleton. The photo on the right was at Littlehampton a few miles away on a summer day in 1968. We went there with the people she shared a student house with in Montpelier Street. Or maybe it was 1969, which would mean she was living at 11 Roundhill Crescent.
Richard Bramhall March 2007 (revised 2018)
Any mistakes in the Index can be amended. I hope people will email comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org