Battersea Park Road vs Georgy Girl

I’ve read about two modern women living in this area last week – divided by 40 years. Georgy Parkin is the creation of Margaret Forster who co wrote the screenplay of the film with the famously catchy theme tune, though with rather negative words and a view of life. Isabel Losada is a contemporary  presenter and actress whose two books on the Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment and Paradise were published ten years apart – the last coming out in 2011. Isabel was also (like Georgy) perhaps in a rut, but taking various courses and retreats became not only a book to help her career but an inspiration to others. I can see why some reviewers likened her to Bridget Jones. Sometimes, like Dawn French’s autobiography, I feel Isabel was playing to hard for laughs when wisdom and pathos should be allowed to stand on their own. Isabel’s book has the potential to inspire and enlighten, and the frankness is about herself – unlike Forster’s character where an omniscient third person critiques some other hapless person’s life, leaving her with little hope. “At least you’re rich, Georgy Girl” sing the Seekers at the end of the film. You got to be a mother, you got your stability, you’re not on the shelf. But you don’t love your husband and his paternal perversion and obsession are not healthy for either of you. There’s  a little more hope in the book: Georgy’s parents are forced to move out of their sycophantic dependency on their employer, but no more love or respect has grown for their daughter. Jos has left, unchanged and rejected for his own baby. The theme tune’s lyrics suggest – ironically I cannot tell – that confidence and conformity to what is nice and alluring are the ways to get along in life, and there’s the notion of being left behind, of having a sell by date, and that worthwhile goods are already taken.

This would clash with the tomes such as The Soulmate Secret, and Calling in the One. These wisely see to find a partner, one needs sorting of yourself first; and that is is unnecessary and unhelpful to cling to an unhealthy unhappy compromised relationship. By letting go of the need to find someone and by being happy alone, one creates the right place for a healthy and special love to grow. So the authors say and have testimonies – including their own – to show how they manifested their dream love using the law of attraction. I rejected that idea some years ago and have written about it elsewhere but the principle of what they say other than the visualising and cosmic ordering part does make sense.

Isabel never mentions the law of attraction – I might ask her what she thinks of it – and it was pleasant to read a modern spiritual writer who didn’t. I admire her willingness to grow, to try new things and her honesty about herself which includes some quite stark realisations and feedback that I wouldn’t have printed about me – unless in the guise of fiction. Isabel is firmly for narrative non fiction and using real people and situations. The fact she endeavours to answer all personal correspondence is also impressive and I shall be glad to hear and read more from her.

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