The Last Item from the Shoebox

A Final Note from Heather

So, there ends my story. Is the diary real? Stephen would of course say that in some universes it is – and in some it isn’t. I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure, as Marcus said in his 1963 letter:

I have received contradictory reports that Annie J________ is alive and well and living in Southern France with ‘an English scientist’. I have also heard rumour that she was snatched by the Russians. To confuse matters more, I have also been told that she is working at Porton Down along with the two scientists who originally developed the technology (Stephen and Conrad, I assume). The fourth possibility is of course, that the diary is not a fake.”

As for what I think? – honestly, it changes every time I read it. It does seem logical that the British or Russians might have faked the diary to cover Annie’s disappearance. But then the other part of me just thinks they would have kidnapped her and not bothered with all the fuss.

Lastly, I do want to tell you why I am (finally) telling this story. Years ago, I showed a friend of mine the shoebox and then in late 2009 he told me that he and his wife were planning to make a film. They asked if they might base the film around Marcus’ research and, knowing I was nervous about publicising the story, they suggested making a fictional film loosely inspired by some of the people and events that preceded the shoebox memorabilia. I agreed, and Ant and Sloane went on to make a film called Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads, which focuses on the 1920s and 1930s part of the story. It wasn’t an easy decision, but after watching them pour their hearts and souls into the film, I have decided to support them by finally sharing the contents of the shoebox. It’s a wonderful film, so please do watch it.

However, before I leave you, I do have one last piece of evidence – by far the most compelling yet.

Read on.

Best regards,

Heather x


Both the movie and the novel versions of Dimensions are now available – you can find out where to get them here –


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