Category Archives: Sussex

Haji

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.51.42Haji pictured with master and unidentified goat. ‘A month after we settled in [at the semidetached house called Applegarth in Etchingham, East Sussex, southern England, in 1960] we bought a border collie pup which we named Haji. He began as an affectionate baby bear and grew into a great nuisance….Haji was crafty, disobedient, and ignorant of the sexual life, except in perverted forms peculiar to himself: he tried to rape women visitors. He chased sheep and was shot at by barking farmers. The word “out”, used in whatever context, sent him into a hysterical ecstasy. When it was merely spelt he responded as to the vocable itself.’ — p. 18 of You’ve Had Your Time, Being the Second Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess. Photograph taken by, and in the possession of, Gareth MacLatchy, who believes he probably used a pre-war Kodak Brownie. Mr MacLatchy, who knew the Burgesses well, explains that the goat was kept for lawn-maintenance purposes.

Myth of the pseudo-terminal year

Life (25 October 1968), like all the rest, swallows it whole: ‘the exhilaration of having only a year to live’.

Burgess fabulism (instance no. 327)

The rector at Etchingham’s Assumption of Blessed Mary and St Nicholas church ‘preached against my books. He said they were heretical.’

Life magazine, 25th October 1968. The caption reads: ‘In the village of Etchingham, where he has a cottage for weekend use, Burgess moodily reads old gravestones in the churchyard.’

Travels in Enderby Land

Voyage to Enderby Land

Etchingham

The classicist Peter Green, a professor at Iowa university, referred in an interview to Applegarth as ‘this unbelievably characterless little box’ of a house (Biswell, p231). Really? It seems a rather charming place, and comparatively spacious. Green must be accustomed to living arrangements of some opulence.

Haji and the goat

“A month after we settled in we bought a border collie pup which we named Haji. He began as an affectionate baby bear and grew into a great nuisance….Haji was crafty, disobedient, and ignorant of the sexual life, except in perverted forms peculiar to himself: he tried to rape women visitors. He chased sheep and was shot at by barking farmers. The word ‘out’, used in whatever context, sent him into a hysterical ecstasy. When it was merely spelt he responded as to the vocable itself.” (p18 of ‘You’ve Had Your Time’)…..This photograph is in the possession of Gareth MacLatchy.

Applegarth

Applegarth, Etchingham, High Street (A265 road), East Sussex, England. Where Burgess and his first wife Lynne lived in 1959-64