Marian Partington

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Marian Partington (born 21 February 1948) is an English writer, and the sister of Lucy Partington, who was abducted and murdered by Fred and Rosemary West in 1973. In May 2012 she wrote about the impact of Lucy’s life, disappearance and death in her memoir, If You Sit Very Still.[1] The book builds on Salvaging the Sacred, an essay written by Marian and published in The Guardian Weekend in May 1996.[2] The essay inspired a play, by Bryony Lavery and a feature film, by Juliet McKoen, both entitled Frozen.

In April 2012, prior to the publication of her memoir, Marian was interviewed in the Financial Times Magazine.[3]

In November 2012 the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, cited If You Sit Very Still by Marian Partington as one of his books of the year in the Times Literary Supplement.[4]

In 2004, Partington’s story was featured in The F Word exhibition; The Forgiveness Project's exhibition which explores forgiveness in the face of atrocity.

She works as a storyteller, in schools and prisons, for The Forgiveness Project,[5] a charitable organisation which explores forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution through real-life human experience. Marian is a Quaker and a Buddhist.


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  2. ^ Marian Partington, Salvaging the Sacred: Lucy, My Sister, originally published in The Guardian Weekend, 18 May 1996 and reissued by Quaker Books, 2004
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  5. ^ retrieved 25 April 2012

Further reading[edit]

  • Partington, Marian (2012). If You Sit Very Still. Vala Publishing Co-operative. ISBN 978-1-908363-02-2. 

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