Last Christmas curated and introduced by Greg Wise and Emma Thompson

Last Christmas

I can’t believe I was having a cup of tea in Waterstones Piccadilly last week en route to another bookish event (The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year award ceremony) when Emma Thompson and Greg Wise were there signing copies of Last Christmas and I didn’t even realise so I missed them!

I was thrilled to find a copy of Last Christmas in my goody bag when I attended an evening with Quercus back in October. You can read about that evening here. I’ve been saving up Last Christmas to read during the festive season and am delighted to share my review today.

Published by Quercus, Last Christmas is available to purchase in all the usual places through the links here.

Last Christmas

Last Christmas

The perfect gift book, featuring the writing of Meryl Streep, Bill Bailey, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Caitlin Moran, Richard Ayoade, Emily Watson and others, to coincide with the movie Last Christmas, starring Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.

When you think back to Christmases past, what (if anything) made it magical? Looking towards the future, what would your perfect Christmas be? What would you change? What should we all change?

This is a beautiful, funny and soulful collection of personal essays about the meaning of Christmas, written by a unique plethora of voices from the boulevards of Hollywood to the soup kitchens of Covent Garden.

Away from the John Lewis advert, the high street decorations and the candied orange in Heston Blumenthal’s Christmas pudding, this gem of a book introduced and curated by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise celebrates the importance of kindness and generosity, acceptance and tolerance – and shows us that these values are not just for Christmas.

My Review of Last Christmas

Fifty-one Christmas related pieces.

I was initially taken aback by Last Christmas because I was expecting fiction and hadn’t quite anticipated the eclectic and wide ranging factual and memoir pieces that actually make up this collection.

There’s something for every reader in Last Christmas. Reading it over several days, I found myself drawn to more secular than religious linked pieces, but I thoroughly enjoyed, or perhaps appreciated is a better word, the entire book.

Although many of the entries have quite bleak and saddening content, from alcoholism and homelessness to deaths and drugs, ultimately Last Christmas is a heartening book because not only are its profits going to charity, but even where there are some very depressing accounts, more often than not there is hope and positivity that comes out of the writing. A drink dependent and aggressive woman later becoming a volunteer for the charity Crisis, for example, shows just what can be achieved with a bit of humanity.

I laughed aloud at Michael Korzinski’s brother’s physical response to Uncle Hank as I had a similar relative in an aunt who will remain nameless, although my 4 year old reaction was verbal, telling her I hated her, rather than physical. I empathised with Greg Wise’s reaction to his wife’s relentless enjoyment of Christmas as in my family, we begin the ‘What are we doing next year?’ question during Christmas afternoon! I traveled to places like Paris, Mayanmar, Moldova and America and I found a cast of almost Dickensian characters amongst the people described.

What Last Christmas does so brilliantly whilst it entertains, is make the reader think, make them feel humble and thankful for what they have and above all else reminds us that Christmas isn’t about consumerism, but rather it’s about compassion and love for our fellow human beings. It is a perfect glimpse into the reality and hope of Christmas. What could be better than that?

Staying in with Ruth Dugdall

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It was in March 2017 that I first met Ruth Dugdall at an event you can read about here. Since then I have reviewed Ruth’s My Sister and Other Liars here, and have been privileged to interview Ruth here on Linda’s Book Bag.

Today I’m thrilled to be staying in with Ruth to hear about her latest book release and would like to thank Lucy at Legend Press for inviting me to be part of the launch celebrations for The Sacrificial Man as a member of Legend 100.

Staying in with Ruth Dugdall

Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag Ruth and thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Good evening Linda, and thank you for inviting me!

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

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I’ve brought along The Sacrificial Man, which is actually a re-release. When it was first published, back in 2011, the appetite for books in the UK was tamer, and The Sacrificial Man – with its themes of assisted suicide and cannibalism – is a dark read. But things have changed since then, not just in terms of books but in the world in which we live, and readers are seeking books that reflect this. So my publisher, Legend Press, suggested that we re-launch.

The book has a new cover and feels very fresh – it may be that the time is right for Alice and her dark romance with the man she met on the internet.

Gosh. The Sacrificial Man sounds as if it is very much of today’s world. So, what can we expect from an evening in with The Sacrificial Man?

An evening with this book will hopefully be memorable, and there are a few special moments coming. I’m a vegetarian, and haven’t eaten meat since I was 12, so writing about the subject of cannibalism was an imaginative stretch. I got around this by making Alice also a vegetarian – so there is a section in the book when she feels she needs to practice eating meat.

I have a feeling that isn’t going to end well… 

What else have you brought along and why?

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As the sun fades and the evening begins, we’re going to be settling down in a timber-framed cottage with laburnum climbing the outside walls – it’s a beautiful plant, but the seeds are poisonous, so be careful. We’re in Lavenham, which is a beautiful Tudor village in rural Suffolk. It’s featured in some of the Harry Potter films, and is the last place on earth you’d imagine a crime of this nature to take place. Which is why I chose it. And Alice, of course, doesn’t believe she has committed any crime. After all, isn’t it our right to choose to die? Perhaps we can talk about this, and other questions, after we’ve finished reading.

Oh we can! I have very strong feelings about assisted death. I know Lavenham well too.

The inside of the cottage is immaculate – so don’t put your glass down without a coaster. Alice is very picky about things like that!

Good thing you said!

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The Sacrificial Man is inspired by a real case, in Germany, so we’ll be drinking German Riesling to enjoy with the book. Prost! 

Prost! 

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But as I’ve transported the central theme to Suffolk so we’re going to be eating some Suffolk sausages from local pigs – you’ll see why when you’ve read the book! So, let me serve you a hearty dish, full of meat and spice, and a fine wine that may leave your head spinning. Looking forward to entertaining you!

Thank you. I think…

That sausage casserole sauce looks very red Ruth. I don’t have a good feeling about this…

Whilst I can (!) I’d like to thank you for staying in with me Ruth. Let’s find out a bit more about The Sacrificial Man:

The Sacrificial Man

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What I want to say is that suicide is my choice. No-one else is to blame. Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime: Will you help me to die?

When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend a sentence.

Alice insists her story is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyse their own lives. Who is to decide what is normal and when does loyalty turn to obsession?

Investigating the loophole that lies between murder and euthanasia, Cate must now meet the woman who agreed to comply with her lover’s final request. Shocking revelations expose bitter truths that can no longer be ignored.

The Sacrificial Man is available for purchase through the links here.

About Ruth Dugdall

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Ruth Dugdall is the author of The Woman Before Me (2010), The Sacrificial Man (2011), The James Version (2012), Humber Boy B (2015) and Nowhere Girl (2015)

Ruth studied a BA (Hons) degree in English and Theatre Studies at Warwick University, and then an MA is Social Work at UEA. She worked as a Probation Officer for almost a decade, working in prisons with numerous high-risk criminals. Ruth’s debut novel The Woman Before Me (Legend Press, 2010) was informed by her experiences. Ruth’s professional background gives her writing authenticity and credibility. Ruth’s second novel The Sacrificial Man was published in 2011.

Ruth is the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger and the Luke Bitmead Bursary and has been longlisted for the New Angle Book Prize and People’s Book Prize.

You can follow Ruth on Twitter @RuthDugdall, and visit her website for more information.

There’s more with these other bloggers too:

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Writing a Sequel: A Guest Post by Imogen Matthews, Author of Hidden in the Shadows

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I was delighted to ‘stay in’ with Imogen Matthews last year to celebrate her book The Hidden Village. You can read that blog post here. Today, I’m equally pleased to welcome Imogen back to Linda’s Book Bag with a guest post all about writing a sequel as Hidden in the Shadows is released.

Hidden in the Shadows is available for purchase here.

Hidden in the Shadows

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Escape from the hidden village is just the beginning

September 1944: The hidden village is in ruins. Stormed by the Nazis. Several are dead and dozens flee for their lives.

Instead of leading survivors to safety, Wouter panics and abandons Laura, the love of his life. He has no choice but to keep running from the enemy who want to hunt him down.

Laura must also stay hidden as she is Jewish. Moving from one safe house to another, she is concealed in attics and cellars. The threat of discovery is always close at hand.

On the run with no end in sight, the two young people despair of ever seeing each other again.

As cold sweeps in signaling the start of the Hunger Winter, time is running out.

Wouter’s search now becomes a battle for survival.

Where can Laura be? Will they ever be reunited?

Hidden in the Shadows is an unforgettable story of bravery and love, inspired by historical events.

Writing a Sequel

A Guest Post by Imogen Matthews

I was completely taken by surprise by the massive response to my novel, The Hidden Village, when it was published more two years ago. Within weeks, it was riding high in the Amazon book charts and I started receiving emails and reviews from people across the world who thanked me for bringing this little known story from World War 2 Holland to light. Some asked if there was to be a sequel as they wanted to know what happened to certain characters they’d loved once they’d finished the book.

At the time, I hadn’t thought about writing a sequel, as I’d invested so much of myself in The Hidden Village that I didn’t think there was anything left to say. But of course, no story ever really has an ending and there are always characters the reader is keen know more about. So with the help of my readers’ comments, I found a new narrative emerging and soon became obsessed with the stories of characters who’d played a secondary role in the original book.

I thought long and hard about what would happen to Wouter, the young Dutch man in hiding rather than work for the Nazis, and Laura, the young Jewish girl who has no choice but to go into hiding. The reader of The Hidden Village never discovers whether their tentative relationship that begins when both arrive at the secret woodland village ever comes to anything. As the author, it was my chance to find out for myself and before long I was invested in their heartbreaking journey: not even I knew how it would end!

So this is where the sequel begins after the end of The Hidden Village. It has the pace of a thriller and never relents. Yet it is also a love story between two young people who are brutally torn apart and must find a way to be together against all odds.

Naturally, I was conscious that readers of Hidden in the Shadows may not have read The Hidden Village. I don’t think it’s a good idea for an author to spell out the plot of an earlier book in order to satisfy new readers, but it is important to ensure that when previous characters are introduced that reference is made to the part they played in the first book. Perhaps I made things harder for myself by switching the focus away from key characters who had shaped the narrative first time around, but, rest assured, some, if not all, put in an appearance in Hidden in the Shadows, some to devastating effects!

In short, I’ve written Hidden in the Shadows as a sequel to The Hidden Village, but people can read it who haven’t read the original story.

So what’s next? At the beginning of this year, Liesbeth, my publisher (@AmsterdamPB) asked me this very question. I told her I was researching another story I’d come across on my visits to Holland (I’m half Dutch and visit frequently). This next one takes place in a Dutch concentration camp that hardly anyone outside Holland has heard of and is a story of bravery and courage in the face of unfathomable evil.

I’ve become passionate about these untold stories from WW2 Holland, a country where so many ordinary people were caught up in the most harrowing of situations.

Next year is 75 years since the liberation of Holland by the allies and many who lived through those times are no longer with us. It’s high time that their stories are told.

Oh yes Imogen. I couldn’t agree more. Thanks so much for introducing Hidden in the Shadows. I think both books sound fantastic.

About Imogen Matthews

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Imogen Matthews is English and lives in the beautiful University town of Oxford. Before she wrote The Hidden Village, she published two romantic fiction e-novels under her pen name, Alex Johnson. The Hidden Village is published by Amsterdam Publishers, based in the Netherlands.

Imogen has strong connections with the Netherlands. Born in Rijswijk to a Dutch mother and English father, the family moved to England when Imogen was very young.

Every year since 1990, Imogen has been on family holidays to Nunspeet on the edge of the Veluwe woods.

It was here that she discovered the story of the hidden village, and together with her mother’s vivid stories of life in WW2 Holland, she was inspired to write her novel.

For more information follow Imogen on Twitter @ImogenMatthews3, and find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Imogen also has a lovely website.

The Root Of All Evil?: A Guest Post by Colette McCormick, Author of An Uncomplicated Man

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Recently I reviewed a book that’s been on my TBR for six years so I keep telling myself that I will eventually get to read something by Colette McCormick! All my blogger friends tell me her writing is wonderful and today we’re celebrating her latest release, An Uncomplicated Man with a smashing guest post by Colette.

Previously I’ve had chance on Linda’s Book Bag to ‘stay in’ with Colette to chat all about her novel Ribbons in Her Hair in a post you can read here as well as host a brilliant guest post here from Colette called What Happened Next when she explained all about her journey to publication for Things I Should Have Said And Done. Colette also let blog readers into the secret behind the title of her book What’s in A Name here!

Published yesterday 5th December 2019 by Headline Accent, An Uncomplicated Man is available for purchase here.

An Uncomplicated Man

An Uncomplicated Man

What if the man in your life isn’t who he says he is?

Daniel Laither is a mild-mannered and uncomplicated bank manager, but when his boss asks him for a favour, things begin to get tangled. Introduced to businessman Arthur Braithwaite, Daniel reluctantly agrees to a financial arrangement that will create an unbreakable link between them.

When Daniel meets Lucy, Braithwaite’s daughter, he becomes a man obsessed. From the steamy afternoons spent together in hotel rooms, to evenings out with Lucy in fancy restaurants, Daniel’s life moves a million miles from the one he’d had.

He finds himself lying to his friends, his colleagues and, most importantly, his wife. He borrows money from a loan shark to afford this double life, but when the debt demands to be paid, he contemplates stealing from the bank. When Lucy falls pregnant and Braithwaite insists upon a marriage, Daniel has to choose between his two lives…

The Root of All Evil?

A Guest Post by Colette McCormick

The bible says that ‘the love of money is the root of all evil,’ and while he didn’t ‘love’ money, his ‘need’ for money certainly had a large part to play in the life of the uncomplicated man that was Daniel Laither. It was the means to an end that he hoped would be his.

His downfall begins when he reluctantly engages in a financial arrangement with a very wealthy man. However, his real problems start after his head is turned by a pretty face, and not just any pretty face. Lucy is the daughter of the very wealthy man he is doing business with. When she sets her cap at Daniel, he is helpless and he cannot resist what she is offering. But all of her life Lucy has been used to the finer things in life – things that come at a price and it’s a price that Daniel will have to pay if he wants to keep her.

But Lucy has another suitor, one that can easily afford the things that she likes, so how is Daniel supposed to compete?

By spending money that he doesn’t have, that’s how.

In the 1980’s when credit was easy to get, living beyond our means was practically a national pastime. We were all borrowing money to buy the things that we wanted and look where that landed us. But this isn’t the 1980’s, it’s 1957 when ordinary people didn’t borrow money for frivolities. They didn’t need money to make them happy. They’d lived through the war, were thankful for what they had and counted their blessings. The first lesson that my Economics teacher taught us was that if expenditure is regularly greater than income (X > Y), it is a one-way ticket to disaster and that is something that Daniel learned to his cost.As a bank manager, you’d think that he would already know it, but when we’re not thinking straight, we all do stupid things.

In an attempt to not lose the woman that he has become obsessed with, Daniel drains the savings and spends money that he doesn’t have. When that is still not enough, what else can he do? How low is he prepared to sink? Are there any lengths to which he will not go?

The bible also says that no man can have two gods. Daniel didn’t have two gods, he had one and her name was Lucy.

(Now that has made me even more determined to push An Uncomplicated Man up to the top of my TBR! Thanks Colette.)

About Colette McCormick

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Originally a city girl, Colette has made her home in a one of the many former mining villages in County Durham. When not working as a retail manager for a large children’s charity she will more than likely be writing, even if it’s only a shopping list. She also enjoys cooking, gardening and taking the dog on long walks in the countryside near her home. She has been married for almost forty years and has two grown up sons.

To find out more, follow Colette on Twitter @colettemcauthor, find her on Facebook and Instagram or visit her blog.

The Carer by Deborah Moggach

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It was lovely book publicist Georgina Moore who sent me a surprise copy of The Carer by Deborah Moggach many months ago and I have been desperate to read it ever since. Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review and would like to extend my grateful thanks to Georgina for the opportunity to read The Carer.

Published by Headline imprint Tinder Press, The Carer is available for purchase through the links here.

The Carer

The Carer

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fevera deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turns:

James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss.

Then something extraordinary happens which throws everything into new relief, changing all the stories of their childhood – and the father – that they thought they knew so well.

My Review of The Carer

Phoebe and Robert might get more than they bargain for when they hire Mandy to look after their father, James.

My goodness I loved The Carer. It’s years since I read a Deborah Moggach book and The Carer illustrates just what I’ve been missing. Her style is so fluid, perceptive, drily homorous and empathetic it’s as if she has looked into the soul of humanity and recreated it on the page. The conversational style of The Carer makes it feel as if the author is recounting the events face to face, making for an intimate reading experience.

Deborah Moggach’s characters are simply wonderful. Her depiction of the parent child relationship between Phoebe, Robert and James illustrates with piercing accuracy the dynamics of everyday life. Both struggling with their own identities, Phoebe and Robert hardly pause to think about their parents, and James in particular, making them both realistic individuals. In The Carer, the reader is shown with unnerving accuracy how petty, commonplace life shapes a person just as much as life changing events do. I thought this aspect of the novel was stunning and Mandy’s character in particular was so well drawn. I’m not entirely sure I really warmed to any of the people I found between the pages of The Carer and I wouldn’t have any of them as friends, but Deborah Moggach still made me care about them all to the extent that I even shed a tear. This is masterful writing.

Whilst The Carer is very much a character driven story, the plot is a cracker too. I simply didn’t expect the many of the events and, although I can’t say more for fear of spoiling the read, I so enjoyed the way the narrative unfolded.

Thematically, The Carer raises far more than just the exploration of how we care for our parents as they age. The true nature of love, family, guilt, rivalry, success and failure all weave in and out of the story so that, despite being a relatively short read, this book has marvellous depth and texture.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Carer – so much so that I devoured it in one sitting. The Carer is a book that helps us understand what it is to be a parent or a child, whatever our age, and Deborah Moggach teachers us to understand ourselves just as much as her characters. I thought it was wonderful.

About Deborah Moggach

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Deborah Moggach is the author of nineteen successful novels including the bestselling Tulip Fever. In 2012, her novel These Foolish Things was adapted for the screen under the title The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and starred Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith.

An award-winning screenwriter, she won a Writers’ Guild Award for her adaptation of Anne Fine’s Goggle-Eyes and her screenplay for the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was nominated for a BAFTA.

Her television screenwriting credits include the acclaimed adaptations of her own novels Close Relations and Final Demand, as well as Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Deborah has been Chairman of the Society of Authors and worked for PEN’s Executive Committee. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she was appointed an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to literature and drama.

You can find out more on her website. You’ll also find Deborah on Facebook.

Gone by Leona Deakin

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Way back in July a surprise packet arrived in the post and I was thrilled to find a copy of Gone by Leona Deakin inside.

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Finally having got around to reading Gone, I can now see the significance of the materials that arrived! My enormous thanks to Hayley Barnes for inviting me to play the game on my first birthday – and you’ll have to read the book to see what I mean!

Published by Transworld/Penguin imprint Black Swan, Gone is available for purchase through these links.

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Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:

YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?

The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?

My Review of Gone

A dangerous game is being played.

Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy Gone. There seemed to be so much going on and such a wide cast of characters that it took me a while to attune myself to the narrative, but once I had, I was gripped and simply had to know what was happening and how the story might be resolved. I would say that the reader almost has to become part of the story, weeding out red herrings from truth, trying to guess ahead, anticipate and predict the plot and I thoroughly enjoyed this element.

Indeed, Gone is a cleverly constructed narrative that twists and turns. It’s fast paced, surprising and devious – not unlike many of the characters playing the game!

I loved the word play on Seraphina and Augusta’s names. They couldn’t be more cleverly and appropriately named for their characters but it’s too much of a spoiler to explain more. Augusta Bloom’s back story is so interesting that I can’t wait to read more about her in future books. I have a feeling we haven’t seen the end of all the other characters in Gone either so the potential to discover more is tantalising.

The concept of what makes a psychopath and the nature versus nurture debate that underpins the story is compelling and quite disturbing. Leona Deakin’s research is exemplary so that these aspects of the book are authentic and so too is the exploration of identity. Reading Gone has unsettled my equilibrium, making me question how much I truly know about friends and family and quite how I might behave if I found myself caught up in similar circumstances.

I enjoyed Gone. It’s part detective book, part psychological thriller and although it took me a while to get into, I appreciated the fact that it made me think hard about modern society whilst making my heart beat just that little bit faster than is comfortable.  I suggest you read Gone for yourself to uncover what I’ve been hinting at! Let me just say that I’ll be scrutinising my birthday cards very carefully next April – and I won’t be doing any more online quizzes either!

About Leona Deakin

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Leona Deakin started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds.

You can follow Leona on Twitter @LeonaDeakin1.

Spotlighting Single All The Way by Elaine Spires

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I have to begin this blog post with an apology. I bought Single All The Way by lovely Elaine Spires four years ago tomorrow on 4th December 2015 and the book has been languishing on my TBR ever since. I’m so sorry I haven’t got round to reading it yet Elaine!

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When Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources invited me to participate in this blog blitz for Single All The Way, I knew I could atone a little for still not having read the book by at least telling others a bit about it, especially as I’ve met Elaine in real life too and she’s such a lovely person. What makes me feel even worse is that Elaine kindly provided a guest post for me when I first began blogging on writing whet you know. You can read that post here.

Single All The Way is available for purchase on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Single All The Way

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Travel Together Tour Manager Eve Mitchell is planning a quiet Christmas at home to rest and relax before a special New Year.

But she soon, very unexpectedly, finds herself in the depths of the Essex countryside looking after a singles’ group which contains some old, familiar faces and some pleasant – and not so pleasant – new ones.

With its country walks, quizzes, disco and black-tie ball, the Christmas and Twixmas Break passes quickly, but just as they think it’s all over the plot takes a twist and we learn some dark secrets…

Don’t you think that sounds just perfect for this time of year?

About Elaine Spires

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Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles SeriesSingles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea.  Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series.

Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building was staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019.  Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019!  Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

You can follow Elaine on Twitter @ElaineSWriter and find her on Facebook and Instagram. There’s more information on Elaine’s website too.