Tuesday, 14 July 2009

"A Simpler Life" Now Out!

A Simpler Life, the audio book Annabel Shaw and I have written for Creative Content Digital, is now up on the flippy bar of the audiobooks section of itunes. If you have an itunes, please go and listen to the sample – and if you like it, give it a good rating and/or review!

A Simpler Life is also available on Audible Downloads - a snip at £7.99 for our Tips and Tools for maintaining a simpler life.

“For the past few years, many of us have been on the ‘go, go, go, get, get, get’ treadmill – and ‘having it all’ has often simply meant ‘doing it all.’
But now outside events have forced some of us to pause and ask: Is more better? Is busy is best? Is it all worth it – or is there a simpler, more satisfying way to live?

What happened to the dreams and ambitions that once inspired us, filling us with excitement and happiness? At work and at home we’ve been so carried away with doing, having and achieving more, that we’ve left ourselves no time to stop and check on where we’re heading and why we’re going there. We’ve lost touch with what it is that gives our lives meaning, nurtures our unique talents and brings us true fulfilment.

Maybe it’s time to reconnect and to become reacquainted with our authentic selves.
Through a series of integrated, enjoyable exercises, work/life balance experts Lucy McCarraher and Annabel Shaw provide a map for the listener to embark on a journey to re-discovering genuine values, needs, desires and hopes, providing positive and well-defined goals, clearly marked destinations, a planned itinerary and regular signposts to keep the listener on track.

Topics covered include:
Why ’simple’ is ‘the new black’
Establishing personal values
Living with integrity
Reconnecting with abandoned dreams and aspirations
The six areas in which you can live a simpler life
Writing your own fairy tale
Bringing your life into balance
Making your dreams a reality
Quick and easy ideas to implement your simpler life – today!”

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Out Of Control?

The My Wonderful Life blog is having its first online Clinic on Friday. It's on The Stress of Feeling Out of Control. If you've ever felt stressed in this way, check in on Friday - or leave a Comment before Friday to ask a question, outline your problems or experiences, or offer some tips.

Guest post will be from Michael Lee, from Turn Stress Into Bliss, and Annabel Shaw (social psychologist and co-creator of My Wonderful Life) and I will also be posting and around to answer questions and give advice.

Thanks to Brigitte Morton and all the lovely people who filled (almost over-filled) Reepham Library last week when I came to talk about Kindred Spirits. Several people had already read library copies and were very complimentary about it; some even bought their own copy to hang onto, or to give to friends and relatives. That was my last talk about KS for the moment - I've been to about 10 libraries, a couple of WI meetings and had a book launch - and it's been an absolute delight to meet so many interesting people and get their feedback. Thanks to everyone who's helped organise the talks!

Friday, 19 June 2009

A New Low For Radio Norfolk...

... was what one listener rang in to say about the discussion of masturbation on Graham and Karen's BBC Radio Norfolk's morning show yesterday. But - surprisingly perhaps - this was the only negative response to what must be quite a provocative subject matter for morning radio.

Martin Price from SinSin - his Norwich "love shop" - and I were on as guests to discuss Graham and Karen's choice of subject matter. Martin's credentials are obvious; mine perhaps less so. I'm a self help writer, but more specifically I was part of the team who, back in the late 80s (or was it early 90s?) produced the pioneering Lovers' Guide videos, books etc. And my novel, Mr Mikey's Ladies, does draw on this experience and includes at least one scene of self-stimulation.

Amazingly, we managed to avoid all smut and inuendo and, over the hour, had a pleasingly grown up and reasonable discussion about an activity that 99% of men and 93% of women say they practice. And, as we suggested, practice makes perfect. Martin made the point that if you don't know how your own body works and responds, how can you help another person to please you?

We emphasised that masturbation was normal, natural and even good for you; it keeps the sexual circuitry in order, releases tension, gets endorphins flowing and helps your sleep.

We also said that parents should be sensitive to their adolescent children's developing needs and that boys, perhaps especially, needed respect and privacy. We suggested that parents should be open and available, and always answer questions factually and honestly.

If anyone has any questions about "Lifestyle" issues of any kind, from work-life balance (which I'll be talking about on Radio Norfolk on Thursday 16th July) to... virtually anything, you can post a question in the form of a comment on the My Wonderful Life Advice blog - which either I or Annabel Shaw, my self help writing partner and social psychologist, will reply to.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

More Kindred Spirits at Wymondham Library

We have a splendid new library at Wymondham - my local library. Modern, airy, light and spacious, it sits very happily amongst the more ancient and traditional aspects of the town, and I was delighted to be talking about Kindred Spirits there last week.

There was a terrific turnout - including other writers, musicians and members of the local creative community. It was good to be able to incorporate excerpts from the book about past and present day Wymondham, such as my main character Mo's first impression of the historic market town (not unlike my own), and the Land Girl, Dottie's description of the "Invasion of Wymondham", a real wartime event where the Home Guard, Police, Fire and other services had to act out their plans for protecting the town, with the invading German Army played by local troops.

Librarian, Rachel Harriss, had brilliantly organised the evening, forgetting nothing from refreshments to evaluation surveys - which she offered to let me look at before I left. Not wanting to spoil the buzz of the evening, the interesting questions I'd been asked and the conversations I'd had while signing and selling books, I tried to refuse. But she insisted I look through them and then emailed me the uniformly positive comments from the audience so I could put them up here.

So, thank you very much, Wymondham library audience, for saying such positive things as: ‘Very enjoyable hearing the writer’s point of view. It really brought the book to life as well’; ‘Very enjoyable. Just the right length and structure’; ‘ Interesting talk by an excellent speaker explaining the process of writing and the very well read parts of her books’; ‘Lucy is a very good talker'; ‘I enjoyed hearing a writer’s perspective and how the ideas came about. Readings made the book more alive’; ‘Fascinating’; ‘Very interesting hearing briefly how the author’s life lead towards writing and hearing about Kindred Spirits’; 'Very interesting to hear how an author goes about planning her books’.

So glad you enjoyed it! I did too.

It was also a great pleasure to do an interview for Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper, a voluntary service which I know has immense value to people who find the written word a challenge for whatever reason. My father was blind for the last twelve years of his life and was helped immeasurably by services like this and RNIB Talking Books.

My next talk on Kindred Spirits is at Reepham Library at 2pm on Tuesday 30th June.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A Simpler Life

Creative Content, the digital audio publisher founded by Ali Muirden and Lorelei King, is launching their new imprint, “The Lifestyle Lowdown” with A Simpler Life - by me and my self-help writing partner, Annabel Shaw. The title has been fast-tracked, as CC believe it is particularly relevant in the current economic downturn.

Lorelei said “At times like this, it’s crucial to re-connect with what’s really important to you. We’re so happy to be able to publish a title that will help, written by two experts who, between them, have a vast amount of both hands-on and clinical experience in the work/life balance field.”

Ali agrees. “We think there has been a real shift in the way people feel. During the past few years, for many of us ‘having it all’ has really just meant ‘doing it all’. The recession has made some of us rethink our busy lives on the ‘go go go, get get get’ treadmill, and to look at what we really want. We wanted to produce something that would help us to reassess the path we’re on and to show us how we can change direction.”

A pre-publication reviewer said: “I have just been lucky enough to hear A Simpler Life.This is a great title, full of self improving tips – and a simple concept: Great tips on how to achieve our goals and dreams – and good advice on how to break bad habits! At last, a publisher that makes useful & interesting audio.I would recommend this to everyone .You are never too old learn. A Simpler Life has given me a real boost, thank you.”

Lifestyle Lowdown: A Simpler Life is a new way of looking at how you really want to live, the person you really want to be and the way you really want to spend your precious time.
In recent years, both in the workplace and on the home front, we’ve all been so carried away with doing, having and achieving more, that we’ve left ourselves no time to stop and check on where we’re heading and why we’re going there. Now, it seems, outside events have forced us to pause and take stock; made us question whether more is better, whether busy is best; and whether, without losing our ambition or our need to achieve, there’s a more satisfying, simpler way to live.

The fact is, you can make choices between what really matters to you, and those things you’ve come to believe you ought to have, do or be. But to do that, you must know what it is that gives your life meaning, nurtures your unique talents and brings you true fulfillment. Reconnecting with your authentic values, needs, desires and hopes can help you discover what that is
It’s not necessarily easy, but it is – simple.

Through an hour of integrated and enjoyable exercises, some of which will involve nothing more than closing your eyes and recalling times, places and feelings and others requiring paper and pen or a PC, we show you how to launch a refreshing revision of your life. You will revisit your deep-seated personal values, return to childhood dreams and youthful aspirations and learn to set clear, positive goals for achieving your fundamental desires.

It’s really very simple…

A Simpler Life, out next month, will be priced at £7.99 as a download or is available as an on-demand CD at £9.99. More on http://www.creativecontentdigital.com/ .

Friday, 8 May 2009

More Kindred Spirits

Since talking about Kindred Spirits at Long Stratton and Holt Libraries a couple of weeks ago, I've now done a spot at Attleborough Library and done a guest talk at the Women's Guild in my own village, Bunwell. More kindred spirits in both places!

A big audience at Attleborough, partly composed of the very active Book Group based there, who asked if I'd like to join for their next meeting. So I've taken a couple of the books on their list to read - The Cleft by Doris Lessing and Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann. Different to most book groups I've been part of, they have several books on the list for each month and people can read one, some or all. I'm sure it adds to the breadth of discussion and hope I can get through at least one.

Not because I don't read voraciously - I do. But I've also joined a new village reading group for which I'm reading Julia Gregson's East of the Sun this month, and I have a new novel buzzing in my head, for which I need to read both fact and fiction to get the plot out there and clarified.

I've just become a proper library member again - with my two little girls - and we're all finding it genuinely exciting to go in each week and choose up to 15 books each, not to mention Nintendo DS games, and run them through the wonderful automatic checkout machines!

It was lovely talking to the Bunwell Women's Guild about Kindred Spirits. Because my fictional village of Haddeston is not unlike Bunwell, both in the past and the present, they were interested in how I'd portrayed the local area. And many of them were children in the 1940s, when part of the action takes place, and actually remember events I've included in the plot, like the Christmas party at Old Buckenham Airbase, hosted by the American "Fly Boys" (including James Stewart and Walter Matthau) who were posted there for the end of the war years.

I'll be talking at Dereham Library next week - Wednesday 13th May - evening, I have to check the time!

Saturday, 25 April 2009

I love Holt Library!

As I said in a previous post, I gave a talk on Kindred Sprits at Holt Library last Wednesday evening. I just received this wonderful email from the library manager, Meg Starling, who organised it so beautifully:

Dear Lucy
Thank you so much for your visit to Holt Library on Wednesday. I really enjoyed your talk and I know that the writing group in particular found your honesty about being a writer very interesting and I'm sure inspirational.

One of the ladies has written to the local papers letter page summing up the event rather well - I'm sure she wouldn't mind you reading it (copy below).

"Author Lucy McCarraher visited Holt Library on the evening of Wednesday, 22 April and held the audience enthralled as she shared her varied writing career as a journalist, presenter and business consultant, spanning both Australia and Britain. Lucy then went on to describe, events leading up to the publishing of her first novel, Blood and Water, including a visitation from the spirit world, and her research into the background of the spirit character which gave rise to her second novel Kindred Spirits.

"Lucy read passages from Kindred Spirits, a continuation of the story of the Mozart family, first met in Blood and Water, as they move from metropolitan Crystal Palace to rural Norfolk and find their move to an idyllic farmhouse places them in the midst of dark family secrets which date back decades.

"Lucy generously shared the process of her novel writing, how she wove her research into her novels and the route to publishing her books. After a break for refreshments Lucy answered a wide range of questions from the audience. At the close of the evening there was an enthusiastic round of applause and everyone agreed it had been a most enjoyable event."

Thanks once again and I'm looking forward to experiencing Mr Mikey's Ladies this weekend.
Meg Starling
Library Manager

Thursday, 23 April 2009

BlogNor09: The Halo Effect

Now writing about The Halo Effect for the self-help audio book "The Simpler Life" I'm writing with Annabel Shaw. It's really about first impressions - the traits you first recognise in people tend to colour your impression of the whole person. This is why attractive people are often believed to have attractive personalities and you believe that people who come over as competent in one area, the first time you assess their competence, to be competent in general.

Not always true, by any means. But what might it mean for bloggers? If the Halo Effect applies to blogs, how you come over in the first post people read will characterise your whole blog for them. But do we care? Probably not.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

BlogNor09: Blogging from Bunwell

Driving from Bunwell to Holt yesterday evening to give a talk on Kindred Spirits at Holt Library, I couldn't have had a better reminder of how beautiful the Norfolk countryside is. It was a glorious sunny evening, and the gently undulating fields of rape and early wheat, angular pine forests and traditionally pretty villages looked simply stunning in the soft summer light.

Holt itself is an exceptionally attractive town and provided me with an interested and interesting audience of readers and writers who listened attentively and asked stimulating questions after the delicious snacks that Meg and Tilly at the Library had laid on.

The evening before I had had an equally enjoyable time talking at Long Stratton Library. The first time I spoke there was nearly three years ago when my first novel, Blood and Water came out. I mentioned then that I was thinking of writing a novel set locally during the Second World War, and a gentleman gave me some useful information about James Stewart and Walter Matthau, who both served as members of the USA Air Force based at Old Buckenham Air Base. I incorporated some of this material into Kindred Spirits, so I was very pleased to see the same man at my second talk, and thank him for his contribution.

Kindred Spirits got a very nice review from Keith Skipper in the EDP Sunday Magazine the weekend before last. He called me "An exciting new talent" and said the book was "...a telling fusion of teasing fiction and local history." Keith also commended me for setting "a perfect example to colleagues in (the tv) medium by employing plenty of authentic Norfolk dialect words and phrases. Perhaps she can pass on a few tips to the cast of Kingdom." What Keith didn't say was that I'd listed his own book, Larn Yourself Norfolk: a comprehensive guide to the Norfolk dialect, amongst my source material in the Bibliography of KS !

He did email me, though, to repeat how much he'd enjoyed the book and suggest that I submit it for this year's East Anglian Book Awards (sponsored my Jarrolds and the EDP) - which I have now done.

Today (23rd April) is BBC Norfolk's Blogging Norfolk Day, when they hope to create a snapshot of Norfolk life across the East Anglian blogosphere. I was in the Radio Norfolk studio on Tuesday, talking about my third novel, Mr Mikey's Ladies. Mr Mikey has his own blog - perhaps he should make a contribution, though he's hardly a Norfolk boy. A South Londoner, his current home is in Sydney, from where he dispenses Agony Aunt advice to any of his Ladies visiting his e-salon, and other celebrities besides.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Bunwell Book Launch, and more....

So much has been happening in the last few weeks I haven't even had time to update the blog.

First there was another appearance (well, an audio one) on BBC Radio Norfolk - this time as part of the Lunchtime Ladies discussion on Friday 13th March - Comic Relief day.

Then I gave a talk on Kindred Spirits at Diss Library on the 18th. A small group, but a very interested and interesting one - who would have talked on till late, had not the poor librarian finally managed to bring the dicussion to a close. It's amazing how talk of ghosts and spirits (kindred or otherwise) brings out all manner of experiences and opinions that people want to debate and share.

The Bunwell Book Launch of Kindred Spirits took place on Monday 23rd March at Bunwell Village Hall. There was a great turnout, despite hail, wind and rain, and I had a fabulous evening because it looked as if everyone else was enjoying it too. I was able to add all the local information to my normal talk, and I had the brilliant idea a couple of days beforehand, of asking the friends who I'd based characters on to read in their own dialogue as I read the excerpts. Kathy and Babs were brilliant - and Tony got double extra brownie points for appearing in costume, including fake moustache, as Henry Tinker!

The nephew of my ghost came to the Launch! I'd sent him an invitation, but he's a very old man now and I didn't know if he'd make it. At one point he hijacked my talk, telling us more about his uncle than I'd discovered before. Amazingly -- spookily? -- he said a couple of things about his uncle which I hadn't known before, and yet had written into Henry Tinker's story. One was that he came to Norfolk to buy local produce and sell it in rationed London on the black market; and the other that when "Henry's" father-in-law had died intestate, his property was broken into and money stolen. I thought I'd made up these elements of Kindred Spirits - but they were true anyway!

Then last Saturday I joined the North Norfolk Writers' Group to talk about all three of my novels - another very congenial evening!

Saturday, 7 March 2009


A member of the Book Group from North Walsham Library emailed me to repeat that she had really enjoyed reading Blood and Water, which they had done as a group prior to my talk. Kindred Spirits is a follow-on novel to B&W, but is also a stand-alone read.
She writes a mini review of all the books they read and this is what she said about B&W :
"Thought it was very well written. Perhaps too many problems in one book, but it was lively and interesting . Glad there was a list of characters - I still got lost with the birth mother of the twins and the MP’s wife. Interesting that at the beginning of the book I thought the main character, Mo was a bit ‘away with the fairies’ and in the end she was so clever and innovative. It certainly was not a boring book and a good criteria is when you cannot put it down. I read it in record time. Definitely would like to read another of this author’s books."
In her email, she then said: "My last comment about reading the next book by this author is more of a compliment than you may realise, because I have not got a favourite author, I enjoy a wide range of books and for me to put that I would look for and read another book 'by this author' is accolade indeed!Your words about your young life struck a cord with me when you said to-day that you were brought up in a home with books. I remember so clearly and affectionately Sunday afternoons spent with my Mother and Father sitting round the fire in the dining room after Sunday Dinner, reading and enjoying our books. It started a life long interest and I was horrified when I heard, when my children were young, that there were homes where there were no books. I found it difficult to imagine such a place!!"
I hope she enjoys the next one as much. Thanks for letting me know!

Thursday, 5 March 2009


In the last couple of weeks I've given my first two talks on Kindred Spirits, the first for the Wymondham Rotary Club, who kindly invited me to lunch and let me talk to them as their post-prandial speaker. Peter, who had asked me along, was a little nervous about the fact that I was going to tell them a ghost story, but in fact several sane-looking businessmen came up afterwards to tell me their house, or other place they knew of, was haunted, or they had had other psychic experiences.

Then yesterday I went to North Walsham Library to speak to the Book Club. It was a great turnout and many of the ladies had alread read Blood And Water, my first novel and the one that precedes Kindred Spirits - although you don't have to have read B&W to understand KS.

They were a great audience, enthusiastic and interested with some very pertinent questions. One was: which did I love most about the writing process: writing about the environment (the Crystal Palace area in B&W and Norfolk in KS), the characters, the historical research, or the intricate plotting. I had to think about that, as they all come high on the list of what I love about fiction writing. In the end I said that all my books take a house I have lived in as a starting point, but the characters are my greatest love and the historical research the hardest work - though also very rewarding.

The Bunwell Book Launch (Bunwell is the South Norfolk village where I live) is the next big thing I have to think about. With two and a half weeks to go (it's on Monday 23rd March, 7.30pm at Bunwell Village Hall - all welcome!), I've got my friend Kathy, a genius at marketing and event organising, in to help with the arrangements. The area is plastered with flyers, the kids have had great fun biking around the village posting invitations in letter boxes and there's a bit of an email campaign going. Hopefully a few people will turn up, and if they do they should have a good time. As well as launching Kindred Spirits on its home ground - the book is set in both the present day and WW2 in a South Norfolk village not unlike Bunwell, in a house not unlike my own - it will also be something of a celebration of the six years we've lived here, the real life kindred spirits I've found in this village and the vibrant and supportive community that is all we hoped for to bring our Russian adopted daughters up in.

Here's an update of dates and places when I'll be talking about Kindred Spirits (or other things) in the near future:

Friday 13th March, 11pm - BBC Radio Norfolk's Lunchtime Ladies

Wednesday 18th March 7pm - Diss Library

Monday 23rd March 7.30pm - "A Bunwell Book Launch" - local launch of Kindred Spirits, Bunwell Village Hall, The Turnpike, Bunwell Norfolk. All welcome. Enquiries: 01953 789951

Saturday 28th March 6.30pm - North Norfolk Writers' Workshop. Enquries: 07891 480247

Tuesday 31st March 2.00pm - Reepham Library

Tuesday 21st April 6.30 - Long Stratton Library

Wednesday 22nd April 7pm - Holt Library

Tuesday 5th May 10.15am - Attleborough Library

Any queries, please leave a comment on the blog or email me at lucy@lucymccarraher.com

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Talking to Graham and Karen

I went into the studios of BBC Radio Norfolk to talk to morning presenters, Graham and Karen, about Kindred Spirits, the spirit who inspired the plot and other aspects of my life.

It was very relaxed and great fun - Graham and Karen are highly professional in the way that manages to make it all look so easy, and their three hour daily show is a mixture of music, info and chatting to a wide range of guests. I was in the studio for about forty minutes, and my interview was divided into three sections - the first about the book, the second about my time in Australia and involvement with the Lovers Guide, and the third about... my family and other animals.

I'm now up on the BBC website, and you can even listen to the three sections of the interview if you've nothing better to do with half an hour or so.

It seems that quite a few people did listen, as I had some emails, a phone call from the Diss Publishing Bookshop to say people had been in to order it, a complaint that Norfolk Libraries didn't have it in stock and I can see that my sales rating on Amazon has gone up this week.

I shall be back in with Karen at BBC Radio Norfolk on Friday 13th March for one of the weekly Lunchtime Ladies discussions, which is a sort radio version of Loose Women, fueled by a glass or two of wine - I'm looking forward to it!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

BBC Radio Norfolk Interview

A bit of marketing work has resulted in a quick response from BBC Radio Norfolk. I'm going in next Tuesday morning (3rd February) to talk about Kindred Spirits and the ghost story which inspired it. I'll be on air sometime between 10 and 11 am.

The paras from my Press Release that interested them most, I think, are these:
Is this a real-life Norfolk ghost story?

When author, Lucy McCarraher, had recently moved from London into a 17th century, South Norfolk farmhouse, she was visited by a psychic friend. That evening, a spirit made contact, giving his name and position in the local churchyard. The man wanted Lucy, it seemed, to tell his story and “right the wrong” that was done to him in the 1940s.

Lucy was intrigued, if sceptical, but his gravestone was exactly where he had said and local research revealed, amazingly, that a man of that name (the “Henry Tinker” character in Kindred Spirits), had indeed lived in the village, married, had children and left under a cloud of family suspicion in 1946.

“His descendants gave me as much information as they could, but they were children at the time and all the adults now dead. But I had enough – a death, no will, missing funds, someone blamed, family divisions, lives blighted – to set my imagination, and sense of duty to my ghost, working. After my first novel, Blood and Water was published, I decided to write a second book combining some of my own experiences in moving to the country, with a fictional village of the 1940s – and of course World War Two was a great period in Norfolk history,” said Lucy McCarraher.
On the basis of my Radio Norfolk interview, I got on the phone to the Norwich branches of Waterstones and asked if they'd order in copies of Kindred Spirits, which they were very happy to do and I may get some signing events at one as well. It's nice that the managers are interested in supporting local authors - hopefully book buyers are too! I shall be ringing round as many Norfolk bookshops as I can, in the next couple of days, capitalising on this piece of publicity.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Kindred Spirits

My new novel, Kindred Spirits, the second in the series featuring Mo Mozart and family (after Blood and Water) is now out and up on the booksales websites like Amazon, WHSmiths, Tesco etc. You can order it through any bookshop. Here's the back cover copy:

"Mo Mozart, with her GP husband Jack and two young children, moves from Crystal Palace to rural Norfolk in pursuit of the perfectly balanced lifestyle. Their idyllic farmhouse, though, holds dark family secrets that date back decades – to when Dottie Hammond moved from London to become a World War Two Land Girl on a farm surrounded by Norfolk’s RAF/USA Airbases.

"Mo’s happy country life starts to unravel when Jack is accused of abusing a young patient, she starts having flashbacks to the 1940s and her daughter, Lily, develops an imaginary friend from the same era. With help from both town and country friends, experiences of past and present, Dottie’s wartime diary and a community production of Hamlet, Mo uncovers the unresolved events that have haunted the village of Great Haddeston for seventy years. In the process she sorts out her own complex family issues that revolve around Jack’s adoption and his glamorous birth mother."

And some nice comments:

“Hugely impressed by Lucy McCarraher’s prose, and by the diligence and erudition of both the plotting and research. There’s a strong sense throughout of a writer who has truly engaged with her characters and with the period. It was a pleasure to re-enter Mo’s world – she’s a very sympathetic character.”
Will Atkins, Macmillan New Writing

“Lucy McCarraher’s books are a dream to read. The writing flows and clever plotting ensures you just want to keep turning pages in this dual time narrative that cleverly blends a Land Girl's diary with an of-the-moment setting when cosmopolitan Mo uproots her family from London to an old farm house in rural Norfolk.”
Cate Sweeney, author Selfish Jean

I'm giving some talks about Kindred Spirits around Norfolk over the next few months - here's a listing to date:

Monday 16th February, 12.30 - Wymondham Rotary Club (members only)

Wednesday 4th March 2pm - North Walsham Library

Wednesday 18th March 7pm - Diss Library

Monday 23rd March 7.30pm - "A Bunwell Book Launch" - local launch of Kindred Spirits, Bunwell Village Hall, The Turnpike, Bunwell Norfolk. All welcome. Enquiries: 01953 789951

Wednesday 22nd April 7pm - Holt Library

Tuesday 5th May 10.15am - Attleborough Library

Others are coming up, dates not yet confirmed.