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  1. Author Sue Moorcroft talks about exploring Sweden to research locations for her book Christmas Wishes

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    Article by Sue Moorcroft Last December, I mentioned to my British-Swedish friend author Christina Courtenay that I was wondering where to set my next winter book. She suggested, ‘Make it Sweden and we can go together. We can stay with Mum.’ My editor agreed that Sweden would be a gorgeous Christmas setting – what’s not to love about snow and glögg? – and Christina transformed herself into my creative director, researcher, translator, PA, historian and travel guide. She created an itinerary between Småland, the area of southern Sweden in which her mother lives, and Stockholm. Airline bookings, hire car invoices and event tickets flooded my inbox. She arranged everything except the hotel in Stockholm. That was my only duty...
  2. Midlife Reinvention: Interview with Amanda Weinberg on having her novel published in her 60s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Amanda Weinberg shares her story as she followed her dream and published her first novel at the age of 61. A little about Amanda I live in London with my husband and a series of dogs who join us when their owners are away. I have two grown up children who live nearby. I’m a languages teacher by profession and left teaching in the mid 80s to set up my own business, A to Z International sales with a close friend from university.  I have always wanted to write and dabbled when I was younger. I wrote many short stories, two of which were nominated for prizes. Working full time for my own business in advertising sales and events for...
  3. Book Review: Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Set in 1950s England, in Simple Pleasures we meet Jean, who is living what can only be described as a limited life as she works as a feature writer on a local paper to support both herself and her difficult mother. As she approaches 40 she longs for change but can see no obvious way out, and so takes pleasure in small things where she can, whether that be an uninterrupted soak in the bath or something tasty for dinner. As she goes about her suburban life, the paper is suddenly contacted by a woman who claims to have had a virgin birth. Although initially dismissive of the idea, it is Jean who is chosen to investigate the story as she...
  4. Book Review:  My Perfect Sister by Penny Batchelor

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    Book Review by Ceri Wheeldon Having interviewed the author previously about her own personal inspirational story, I felt I just had to read her debut novel. Annie has been estranged from her mother for some time, but when circumstances lead to her returning home, re-establishing her relationship with her mother while rebuilding her life, she is also forced to confront her family’s past. Her older sister Gemma disappeared when Annie was a young child. Not knowing if she was alive or dead, and all leads at the time of the original disappearance culminating in  dead ends, her room was left in tact and untouched for 25 years. Her mother always hoping for her return. To move on with her future...
  5. Book Review : The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon A thought provoking book about female friendship as we age. Three long term friends Jude, Wendy and Adele all in their 70s, come together for a weekend to sort out the beach house and contents of a deceased friend, Sylvie. The friendship between the four has lasted decades and survived the different life paths each has taken, but as the three come together once more , without Sylvie the dynamic of their friendship is very different. Each of the three women is having to find their own way to navigate the issues that come with ageing – Adele , an actress is now struggling to find work and her ‘live in the moment’ attitude to life is now creating problems...
  6. An interview with author Evelyn LaTorre as she shares her real life inspiration behind her new book

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to share stories about inspirational women. Evelyn LaTorre shares the inspiration behind her book Between Inca Walls based on her own life story, from wanting to become a nun to marrying a penniless student in Peru and the subsequent adventures that followed. Tell us a little about yourself I am presently a memoir writer, aged 77, who has lived an adventurous, exciting and fulfilling life by taking risks. I joined the Peace Corps in the 60s, married a penniless university student in Peru (read about in Between Inca Walls, by Evelyn Kohl LaTorre), obtained a doctorate degree in Multicultural Education, and made a life for my family. I worked as a school psychologist and special education administrator in the...
  7. At long last I’m writing for myself! Sue Clark talks about publishing her first book

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    Article by Sue Clark After a lifetime spent writing for others – for radio and TV, newspapers, magazines and PR companies – I decided a few years ago to write something for myself. A novel. A comedy fiction. The time felt right. The job was taking up less of my time and, to be honest, my interest. The mortgage was paid off. The kids had left home … come back, and left again, this time for good. What did I have to lose? I took a creative writing course in Oxford. Mostly for the great advice and industry insights but a little bit so I could boast of being Oxford-educated! I’d recommend a creative writing course to any aspiring novelists, incidentally. I was...
  8. More Lockdown/Summer reads

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon To be honest, as much as I love to read, my ‘normal’ life is so hectic, that I rarely find time to do it! I just about manage to get through my Book Club’s choice! As surreal as Lockdown has been, it has enabled me to catch up on some reading. I thought I would share some of the books I have enjoyed with you.   American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield American life is a fictional account of the life of the wife of an American President, from the early days of their relationship through to their time in the White House. It is loosely inspired by the life of Laura Bush. It is a fascinating read – and gives you a glimpse of what it like to...
  9. Authors over 50: Author interview with Martin van Es about his novel Call Me Joe

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon We regularly interview authors whose books appeal to women over 50. Unusually on this occasion we are interviewing a male author , Martin van Es,  whose perspective on life changed when he became a grandfather- and his newfound priorities are incorporated into his first novel, Call Me Joe. Tell us a little about yourself I was born in 1959. I’m Dutch and I have lived in The Netherlands my entire life. I have been fortunate to travel the world during my career in the packaging trading business. I’m an entrepreneur, strategic advisor, a father, a grandfather and a husband to my lovely wife Sis. When did you start to write? I have always been interested in writing but because I...
  10. Interview with author of My Perfect Sister, Penny Batchelor

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to feature interviews with women who inspire, and also to highlight books that are relevant to our demograhic that I think you will enjoy. Today Penny Batchelor, author of My Perfect Sister talks about the inspiration behind her book, her motivation to start writing, and the role her own disability had to play.   Tell us a little about yourself I live in Warwickshire with my husband Chris. As well as a writer I’m a keen traveller, knitter and a voracious reader! I’m in my mid 40s and it has been a lifelong ambition to become a novelist. When did you start to write? I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to do so. Last year my parents moved house and brought...
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