I really enjoy writing about friendship. It’s a theme that runs through many of my books. In the Reading Group the focus is on female friendship.
I have some amazing female friends. Some of them have been in my life for over forty years and some are newer, but they are all very important to me. Although I don’t ever transport real people lock, stock and barrel into fiction I do use elements of them and I do write about the issues that affect them.
The Reading Group is about a group of friends who meet once a month to discuss a classic book. Each month, elements of that classic book are reflected in the reading group’s own lives.
In January they are reading Emma by Jane Austen and Anne Marie decides to set up a speed- dating event in the village. Of course she is nothing like Jane Austen’s meddling character, is she? She is simply more interested in other people’s romances than her own.
In February they are reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Kate has a handsome builder in to renovate her kitchen. Hold on to your hats, ladies!
And in March they are reading Rebecca – anything could happen.
When The Great Gatsby is chosen as their novel of the month they think they are safe as the main character is a man, not a woman. But are they? Or is the fun just beginning?
I also think it’s fascinating that the issues that affected our classic heroines – like Jane Eyre and Connie Chatterley still affect contemporary women today.
Then, just as now it’s our friends who get us through.
And this is what the Reading Group is all about. When the chips are down, friendship is priceless. Whatever century you live in.
Please see a short synopsis below of my latest book.
Meet the Reading Group: five women in the seaside village of Little Sanderton come together every month to share their love of reading. No topic is off-limits: books, family, love and loss . . . and don't forget the glass of red!
Each month they meet in Serena's beautiful cliff-top cottage to discuss a good book - and their lives, which are sometimes stranger than fiction! Between new loves and old flames, cheating husbands and wayward children, there's always a surprise around the corner...
A laugh-out-loud tale of friendship, loyalty and love.
'Brims with laughs, love, family and friendship. You will love this heartwarming read!' Trisha Ashley
EDITOR: I am delighted to let members know that The Reading Book will be one of the raffle prizes on Sunday 19th November. Details here.