Why I love Mrs Lovely, a stowaway who smuggled secrets

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Why I love Mrs Lovely, a stowaway who smuggled secrets

FREE TO READ | Where to start with the daring Paulette Cooper?

I was on a ship this month and one night after dinner I spotted someone acting suspiciously, lurking in the dark corners of the promenade deck in the drizzly North Atlantic night, seeming to avoid the light. “I wonder,” I said, “if he’s a stowaway.”

But even as I said it, I knew with a sad sinking heart he was not a stowaway. It’s 2019 and security is tight and everyone is so serious about these things now. The only stowaways these days are refugees on cargo ships trying to reach a better life, and where’s the fun in that?

No, that person out in the cold and the dark was almost certainly no Paulette Cooper. And then I remembered Paulette Cooper, and that she’s still alive and well in South Florida, and I smiled, because any world that still contains Paulette Cooper isn’t yet totally grim...

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