Featuring The Girl I Used to Know By Faith Hogan

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Having so enjoyed reading an e-copy of The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan, my review of which you can read here, I’m delighted to support the paperback release in the final part of the blog tour. My enormous thanks to Victoria Joss for inviting me to take part. As I belong to a U3A reading group I’m delighted to have some book group questions to share with you today.

As well as featuring The Girl I Used to Know, I’ve been privileged to host Faith Hogan here on Linda’s Book Bag a couple of other times too. Faith told me all about her murderous tendencies in a guest post on Creating Character here, when My Husband’s Wives was published and she spilled some secrets here to celebrate Secrets We Keep too!

The Girl I Used to Know is available for purchase in all formats here.

The Girl I Used to Know

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Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn’t be more different.

Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.

By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.

It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.

The Girl I Used To Know

Book Club Questions

‘A Good Neighbour is a priceless treasure.’ – this is the opening quote in The Girl I Used To Know – The relationship between Tess and Amanda might have mended many years earlier – if it had, do you believe that their lives would have turned out very differently or any better than they did at the end of the story?

The Girl I Used To Know flips over between past and present – did you find yourself flicking back to earlier pages to catch up on where you left off? Did it help to paint a clearer picture of how Tess and Amanda had become the women they found themselves to be when the book opened and ultimately, when it ended?

Faith Hogan’s books have been described as Uplifting and Unashamedly Feel Good. The Girl I Used To Know is described as a story of second chances and the idea that it’s never too late to start again –  do you agree that it is never too late to start again? Are we confined by the parameters in which we’ve chosen to live our lives until this very moment – or can we hope for better things to come?

Faith Hogan’s books are described as grown up women’s fiction – can you see why this book isn’t classified as romantic, comedy or chick lit? Is there a difference between these sub genres? Do you agree with the way fiction is commonly classified by critics, book buyers, editors and bloggers? Can you think of other books you’ve read who might fall into a similar category?

Family – be they in the present or the past are a hugely important feature in this novel – do you agree or disagree? Amanda has been severed from hers through death, but Tess’s separation is more complicated. At what point, do you think Tess was firmly cut off from her family in Ballycove?

We are the product of our past, our parents and our experiences – would you agree that this is the case in The Girl I Used To Know or, do you believe that the characters can shape their future by taking brave steps in a new direction?

Tess and Amanda power walk around Swift Square each evening in opposite directions, for many the true turning point in the book is when one changes route and they begin to walk together – is there a turning point in the book that strikes you as more compelling than this point?

Things to Consider before your book club meet…

1 How did you experience The Girl I Used To Know? First impressions, was it a dive right in book or more of a leading, winding tale for you?

2 This has been described as a character driven book – would you agree? Did either of the main characters resonate with you more than the other?

3 Are the characters dynamic, have they taken action to impact on their own outcomes? Can you see if they have grown or changed by the end of the story?

4  Did you like the characters? Did they remind you of people you know, or perhaps could you see some qualities of your own tied up in their personalities?

5  How much does the setting add to the story – is it merely a backdrop or is the house and the city as much a part of the fabric of the book as any of the characters?

6 Can you pick out the themes that resonate most for you in the book?

7 Describe the plot, were you surprised at any point in the story? Were there parts of the story you might have changed or guided in a different direction?

8 Are there other books you’ve read which you could compare this with? How are they similar? How are they different?

9 In two sentences, how would you summarise The Girl I Used To Know to someone who has not yet read the book?

About Faith Hogan

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Faith Hogan was born in Ireland.  She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.  She has worked as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.

She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.

You can follow Faith on Twitter @GerHogan and find her on Facebook. You’ll find her website here.

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Chicago Treasure by by Larry Broutman, Rich Green, and John Rabias

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Although I’m not taking on new blog material this year in order to reduce my towering TBR pile, when Stacey Smith got in touch to tell me about a new book that features children facing challenging circumstances, and that the proceeds of Chicago Treasure go towards non profit service agencies the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled, and Access Living, I couldn’t refuse.

Chicago Treasure is available for purchase here and on Amazon. Linda’s Book Bag readers may use coupon code CTBLOG15 for a 15% discount on their entire order at Everything Goes Media.

Chicago Treasure

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Chicago has many treasures. The Magnificent Mile and Wrigley Field, wonderful public art and parks, beautiful bridges and skylines. But the true heart and the real treasure of the city are its children.

This book is devoted to Chicago’s children. Come along as they travel to worlds within worlds, becoming storybook characters who follow the Yellow Brick Road, sip tea in Wonderland, tame a tiger, live in a shoe, climb a magic beanstalk to bring home a golden-egg-laying hen, turn a frog into a prince, meet fairies and dragons.

Continue as they step into painted canvases to inhabit scenes from other times and places. After climbing down from those framed worlds, they explore the city, high-fiving the victorious Chicago Bears, joining penguins at the theater, and leaping across State Street Bridge aboard African impalas.

The kids are the story.

The book is their adventure. Its door swings open. . .

My Review of Chicago Treasure

An eclectic mix of illustration, art, story and poetry featuring real children.

Chicago Treasure is such an uplifting book. It’s vibrant, colourful and the perfect mix of fantasy and reality so that children of all ages and abilities find themselves in exciting new and familiar narratives. I thoroughly appreciated the mix of gender and ethnicity and, whilst it is clear some children have visual or mobility problems because of the glasses they wear or wheel chair they may be in, there is no contrived focus on disability, but rather on having fun and participating fully in life.

With familiar stories like Humpty Dumpty or Sleeping Beauty, superheroes and Harry Potter, there is something within the pages of Chicago Treasure for any child, young or old, to enjoy. What appeals to me most is the way in which the superimposing of real children into the images affords them not only the excitement of seeing themselves in a book, but allows other children to use their imaginations and think ‘What if…?’ so that it encourages the development of creativity as well as being entertaining. The news stories could act as a stimulus for writing and I’m sure many will be inspired to read the works featured. Chicago Treasure has substantial reading matter to share with children within its pages but also leads young readers to books and films like Mary Poppins, Toy Story and Alice in Wonderland. There is also a super section featuring famous paintings that introduces a whole new arts genre to young people and could be used for projects and research as well as computer and editing skill stimulus. I think Chicago Treasure represents many hours of fun and pleasure.

As someone who has never been to Chicago, I also enjoyed finding out more about the city, its events and its people. Reading Chicago Treasure has made me want to visit!

I have never encountered a book quite like Chicago Treasure. It really is a treasure trove of interest for readers of all ages and abilities and not just those featured within its pages. I found it remarkable.

About the Authors

Larry Broutmanis the author of Chicago UnleashedChicago MonumentalChicago Eternal, and the forthcoming Africa Treasure and Chicago Courageous. He photographed all of the children for this book. He and his wife, Susan, live in Chicago. Author proceeds from Larry’s projects are donated to the Chicago Lighthouse (for those who are blind or visually impaired) and Access Living.

Illustrator Rich Green is a former Disney intern, a computer graphics professional, and the illustrator of several popular children’s books. Although he works mostly digitally, he also enjoys putting pencil to paper and brush to paint. His artworks can be found in regional galleries. Rich lives in Joliet, Illinois, with his faithful dog, Annie.

John Rabias, teacher and magician, works in digital illustration and post-production imaging and has taught computer graphics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for over twenty years. When not working on screen, John paints in oil. He lives in Chicago with his Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster.

The Moments by Natalie Winter

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I’ve been deliberately avoiding blog tours this year (you can see why here), but Alainna at Orion knows me only too well and when she told me I’d love The Moments by Natalie Winter and asked me if I’d like to participate in the blog tour I simply couldn’t decline. I’m so grateful to Alainna for inviting me to take part and sending me a copy of The Moments in return for an honest review.

The Moments will be published by Orion on 8th August 2019 and is available for purchase through the links here.

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Life is made up of countless moments. Moments that make us who we are. But what if they don’t unfold the way they’re supposed to…?

What if you get on the wrong bus, or don’t speak to the right person at a party, or stay in a job that isn’t for you? Will you miss your one chance at happiness? Or will happiness find you eventually, when the moment is right?

Meet Matthew and Myrtle. They have never really felt like they fitted – in life or with anyone else. But they are meant to be together – if only they didn’t keep missing each other.

A heart-breaking and compelling story about family and friendship. A story about love and loss. A story about life.

My Review of The Moments

Misfits Matthew and Myrtle would probably be perfect for one another – if only they could meet.

Oh my goodness yes! The Moments is completely wonderful. I absolutely adored every moment of reading it and hated it when I had finished because I couldn’t bear to let go of two of the most delightful, quirky and wonderful people I’ve ever met in fiction. I was in love with both Matthew and Myrtle. They truly are the Everyman and Everywoman of the twenty first century; too frequently settling for second best and hankering after something, or someone, else in their lives just out of reach, as so many of us do. Life simply happens through the moments of the title and so much of the action made me think of times in my own life, or lives of those I know, that it seems Natalie Winter has looked into the soul of humanity and crafted it into a touching, frequently funny and completely enchanting story, about two warm, vivid and endearing people, that is just perfect.

By rights I shouldn’t like the structure of The Moments as it swings alternately between Myrtle and Matthew because I often find dual narratives irritating. Not in this case. Natalie Winter crafts them so beautifully it is as if they are a double helix of love and life. The way in which the author brings Matthew and Myrtle so tantalisingly close and yet not quite meeting is almost too much to bear. I think it’s the use of a continuous present tense with its suggestion of future potential that helps make the story so impactful and successful too.

Parts of The Moments bring intense joy to the reader, and parts bring deep sadness. When I finished the book I felt as if I’d lived every one of those moments with Myrtle and Matthew and I wouldn’t have missed a single one. It’s no exaggeration to say that reading The Moments made me glad to be me, to be alive, and to have led the life I have – good and bad bits included. In The Moments Natalie Winter shows us fundamental truths about humanity and life so that I feel my life has been enhanced by her words.

It’s just too difficult to express how much I enjoyed reading The Moments because it’s such an uplifting, heat-warming story. Choose your own superlative to apply to this glorious book – you’ll be right!

About Natalie Winter

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Natalie Winter is from Hertfordshire and has worked as a content editor in various media industries for the last fourteen years. She has lived in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, among other places, and now currently resides in Bristol with her scruffy rescue dog.

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My Daughter’s Wedding by Claire Baldry

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I can’t believe it’s almost two years since lovely Claire Baldry featured on Linda’s Book Bag with a smashing guest post about people and places when her novel Different Genes was released. You can read that post here.

Today I’m delighted to close the blog tour for Claire’s latest book with my review of My Daughter’s Wedding.

Published by Matador, My Daughter’s Wedding is available for purchase here.

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When ‘bride to be’ and single parent, Charlotte, discovers that her 61-year-old widowed mother is in a new relationship, she struggles to come to terms with it. “Why do you need to have a man, at your age?” Charlotte asks, “Can’t you just be a grandma?”

The growing tension between mother and daughter combined with preparations for the wedding impact on both family and friends.

In this compelling and unashamedly romantic tale of finding love in later life, the experience of a young care-leaver who is tasked with making the wedding bouquet, is skilfully intertwined with the family’s – sometimes turbulent– preparations for a modern wedding.

My Review of My Daughter’s Wedding

Bridezilla Charlotte isn’t keen on her mother’s new man!

What a delight to have an older protagonist in Angie as the focus for My Daughter’s Wedding. So many stories feature only 30 something characters with older people maginalised that to have a real, older and successful, woman in a new relationship with an equally older man, Martin, was a real joy. Angie’s insecurities blended with her maturity and success made her all the more vivid. I think Charlotte’s unreasonable initial attitude to their developing coupledom illustrated perfectly the usual reluctance to feature those of middle age frequently enough. Bravo Claire Baldry I say!

Speaking of Charlotte, I thought she was spoilt and quite vile. Angie has far more patience with her daughter than I’d ever have and reading about Charlotte brought out the very worst in me. I’d have quite happily climbed into the pages of My Daughter’s Wedding and given her a large and loud piece of my mind. In contrast, I slightly fell in love with Martin myself as he is a real man, not some kind of plastic superhero that can all too easily seep into women’s fiction. Claire Baldry has created a cast of people who felt real, flawed and authentic.

I found My Daughter’s Wedding very entertaining because it felt so true to life. The wedding is the plot’s hook but there us plenty more on offer too with all life, and death, between the pages. I confess to feeling an initial jolt in the second part of the story when Carly is introduced as her narrative seemed totally disparate from Angie’s but it was a real pleasure to see how Claire Baldry brought the strands together as the book progressed.

My Daughter’s Wedding felt relevant, fresh and entertaining. I very much enjoyed reading it and I think anyone who has ever been involved in a family wedding might just find themselves represented between its pages! It’s a lovely read.

About Claire Baldry

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In her hometown of Bexhill on Sea Claire Baldry is known as the local poet. She writes and performs lighthearted ‘Pam Ayres’ style poetry and donates the fees to charity. Her poems sometimes appear in the local paper or on local radio, and she is frequently invited to clubs, such as the WI, to read her work and talk about her writing. Earlier this year Claire and her husband Chris won the Diabetes UK South East Inspire Award for innovative ways of fundraising.

In 2016 Claire fulfilled a lifetime writing ambition and finally completed a novel. She describes it as an ‘easy read’ tale about love in later life, combined with a gripping mystery. The title of the book is Different Genes.

You can follow Claire on Twitter @ClaiBal and visit her website. You’ll also find Claire on Facebook.

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From Bean to Bar: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Britain by Andrew Baker

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That I love books is obvious, but those who know me personally will be more than aware that I am quite capable of eating my own body weight in chocolate too. When lovely Vanessa Aboagye from Midas got in touch to see if I fancied a copy of From Bean to Bar: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Britain by Andrew Baker, in return for an honest review, I thought all my Christmases had arrived at once. My enormous thanks to her for sending me a copy.

Published by the AA on 22nd August 2019, From Bean to Bar: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Britain is available for pre-order through the publisher links here and on Amazon.

From Bean to Bar: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Britain

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Chocolate arouses greater passion in its fans than any other food, and chocolate-making is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in Britain’s burgeoning artisan food scene. This book is a celebration of chocolate-making in this country, designed to locate and bring to a wider audience the fascinating people making good chocolate in the right way.

Arranged geographically in a dozen regional chapters, each one is centred on a local hero but also casts light on other chocolatiers and bean-to-bar makers in their area. A profile of the area and its most characterful artisans is backed up in each chapter by a locator map and data on transport links, supplier websites and other foodie points of interest.

Part travelogue and part biography, always informative and entertaining, there will be practical information that readers can use to make their way around Britain, tasting as they go, or to order lovely chocolate from their armchair while reading about the people who make it.

Among the people and places to be included are Duffy Sheardown, a former Formula One racing engineer who makes bars of chocolate in a shed in Cleethorpes that are prized by chocolate connoisseurs all over the world; Willie Harcourt-Cooze, a glamorous globetrotter who grows cocoa in Venezuala and makes chocolate in Uff culme, Devon (sold in Waitrose); and the passionate young women of Dormouse, who from tiny premises in Manchester are winning international accolades.

My Review of From Bean to Bar: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Britain

A chocolate lover’s delight!

Until I attuned myself to the author’s style in From Bean to Bar, I initially felt quite affronted by his somewhat derogatory attitude to what he calls the ‘mass-produced rubbish’ so many of us consume and can afford. Much as I loved the descriptions of all of the chocolates Andrew Baker recommended, when I looked some of them up online I’m afraid the prices of some products made my eyes water, never mind my taste buds! To be fair, there is a range of prices but many were, sadly, beyond my purse. However, Andrew Baker redeemed himself at a stroke when he referred to his ‘fussy, elitist eye’ and because of his frequently tongue in cheek, self-deprecating and often hilarious style, I quickly forgave him; especially when he referred to a town not far from where I live as ‘a combination of the picturesque and the bland’ because if he had described that perfectly, he was probably right about other elements too! In fact, once I realised that even if chocolate is a weighty subject for him, he doesn’t take himself too seriously I found myself laughing aloud at Andrew Baker’s comments and quips so that I was royally entertained.

Consequently, from a slightly uncertain start, I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed From Bean to Bar. It’s a super book filled with everything a chocolate lover, a traveller, an historian, a sociologist and a general reader could wish for. The glorious colour images had me almost weeping with desire. It was as much as I could do on occasion to restrain from licking the pages. Turn to page 174 if you get your hands on a copy of From Bean to Bar where a box of Chococo chocolates fills the page, for example, and I defy you not to want to rip out the images and stuff them in your mouth.

I thought the way From Bean to Bar was set out was a triumph. It’s perfectly possible to read it in the order presented, though you might prefer to head straight to your local area to see what is on offer. Or maybe you would prefer to travel from Scotland and travel south meandering across areas that take your fancy? What ever route through the book you choose, each section reveals background information both about the area and its links to chocolate, directing you to places where you can buy, get involved with, taste or simply drool over chocolate, but more importantly, it introduces the people who are passionate about chocolate, working as ethically and authentically as they can, to provide the highest quality products possible. It’s in amongst these people where the real joy of the book lies. Often it was as if I were reading about a cast of characters from Dickens, whether I was encountering a mention of Bob who keeps the bees whose honey goes into some of the featured products, or the ‘curly-mopped, bespectacled’ Mikey or the ex-car fettler Duffy, each one of these vivid, almost obsessed, individuals added interest at every level. I loved seeing their photos and reading their stories. That said, the person I enjoyed meeting most was the author himself. There are so many aspects of From Bean to Bar that reveal the man behind the book that I ended my read feeling I’d discovered a man I would like very much indeed in real life. Andrew Baker has a wicked sense of humour and an appealing, lively writing style.

There’s so much to learn, as well as be entertained by, in From Bean to Bar. Web addresses lead the reader to online shops and the excellent geographical descriptions enable a traveler to visit the UK and beyond without ever leaving their armchairs. I really liked tasting notes in each section and the dedicated notes explaining how to taste chocolate properly – normally being of the type Andrew Baker describes at the start of this section – but you’ll have to read the book to see what that is!

From Bean to Bar feels for me as if Andrew Baker has written it how Paddington Bear would have written a book about marmalade – with true passion and joy in his subject. From Bean to Bar is quirky, witty, individual, thoroughly entertaining and a true celebration of chocolate. I really enjoyed reading it and Andrew Baker has inspired me to broaden my chocolate horizons and visit some of shops and places described to try as many new types of chocolate as I can. Chocolate, a book and travel – what could be better than that?

About Andrew Baker

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Andrew Baker is well known in chocolate circles for writing on the subject and is often called upon to judge international chocolate competitions. A long-established journalist, he is Features Editor of the Telegraph Weekend sections and author of Where Am I and Who’s Winning? (Random House). The son of the late, much-loved newsreader Richard Baker, Andrew is an experienced radio broadcaster for Radio Five Live and presents regular podcasts for the Telegraph. Andrew lives in London.

You can follow Andrew Baker on Twitter @ccAndrewBaker

Cover Reveal: The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge

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Now I know it’s only August, and we haven’t even celebrated my husband’s birthday yet (it’s tomorrow in case you’re interested), but in my family preparations for Christmas begin the day after Boxing Day when we establish whose turn it is to ‘do’ Christmas the next year. Consequently, when I heard from Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, that Samantha Tonge was going to reveal her Christmas book today I had to participate.

I’m delighted to help launch Samantha’s The Christmas Calendar Girls by telling you all about the book and where you can pre-order it!

The Christmas Calendar Girls

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This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect read at any time of the year, never mind Christmas? 

The Christmas Calendar Girls will be published on 3rd October 2019 and is available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and iBooks

About Samantha Tonge

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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

You can follow Samantha on Twitter @SamTongeWriter, find her on Facebook or visit her website for more information.

Vote for @deepinglibrary!

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Regular Linda’s Book Bag readers can’t have missed the fact that I was heavily involved in The Deepings Literary Festival this year. In case you missed that particular literary event you can find out more about what I got up to here.

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Deepings Community Library

One of the driving forces behind the literary festival has always been the desire to bring the local community together. We know we have fantastic people and resources here in the Deepings and when it was announced that the Deepings Library would be closing a few years ago, the community got together and fought back and since those uncertain times the library has become a valuable, even essential, part of life in South Lincolnshire, providing friendship, education and entertainment for the whole community. It is now the most successful community library in the county.

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The Deepings Literary Festival Committee on Launch Day in the Library

Alongside all the books available in the Deepings Community Library are fantastic regular and special events, drop in sessions and wonderful staff and volunteers working to help make the most of books and reading for all; from book babies to seniors there’s something for everyone.

For example, without the Deepings Community Library, we wouldn’t have had our literary festival launch venue this year, nor the wonderful session with Judith Allnatt, author of The Poet’s Wife, A Mile of River, The Moon Field and The Silk Factory and a fascinating afternoon with The Words in My Hand author Guinevere Glasfurd.

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Author Darren O’Sullivan Cutting the Cake on Deepings Literary Festival Launch Day

When you add in the fabulous Read Dating event showcasing local authors Sarah Bennett, Margaret Castle, Tony Forder, Helen Claire Gould, Ross Greenwood, Jane E James, Eva Jordan and Tony Millington you can see what an integral part of the festival the library was.

The Deepings Community Library wants to offer even more to the community, especially to older children and young adults and needs your help. Persimmon Homes ANGLIA is backing Deepings Community Library to be a prize winner when cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be announced in October. New funds would allow the library to extend and improve the facilities it can offer the whole of the Deepings, south Lincolnshire and the surrounding area.

In order to win, the library needs as many daily votes as possible and this is where you can help. All it takes is a minute of your time over as many days as you can between now and midnight on September 27th to head to www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/, click on Education and vote for Deepings Community Library.

Just think what £100,000 could do for this wonderful community resource. Let’s get voting and who knows where the Deepings Community Library can take us next!