One of the themes in Ivy and Abe is randomness v fate. There are so many things in your life that might play out slightly differently and yet send your life off in a totally different direction.
A hay bale falling from a lorry, for example.
One of the things I had in my mind when I wrote Ivy was the tragic death of Mike Edwards, ELO’s cellist, who died when a hay bale topped and his his car.
They look so innocent just now perched on the Downs in the late summer sun…