Beyond the Beehive – reading allowed

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Some of you may remember September 2016 – gloriously hot days, a bit of rain, the start of Strictly Come Dancing.  But you may also remember 2 September when I appeared at an event in Waterstone’s Covent Garden and read the first chapter of Beyond the Beehive.  It was an event organised by Novel London

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You may also remember that the event was videod and I know many people were anxiously waiting for the video to come out so that they could share in the joy of the occasion.  Unfortunately, and I am convinced it was not my fault, something happened so that there could be no video.  However, you can listen to me reading Chapter 1 here (this link takes you to my website, scroll down and it’s there after the blurb about the book).  Sit down with a cup of tea and a Bourbon biscuit and remember the 60s, the clothes, the perfume, the mods, the music.

The London Book Launch for Beyond the Beehive is on Friday 28 October – contact me for more details.

Before that listen to an interview on Woman’s Hour on Thursday 27 October at 10am.

Be there or be square!

Beyond the Beehive

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The proof copies of the book have arrived.  There is something very wonderful about seeing all those words and pages and chapters that have been in your head and on your computer for years all at once appear in a brown cardboard box as real, tangible books.  You open one of the books and see your characters smile up at you as they dance and move to the tune of your stories.

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The book is out on 26 September.

Video of a great night on 2 September out soon.

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By the Beehive

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And in case you can’t wait to get started on the book (out on 26 September 2016) come to Waterstones in Covent Garden (Garrick Street) at 6pm on 2 September 2016 where I’ll be reading the first chapter. It’s free but you can reserve a place here. I’m reliably informed that places are going fast.

Chapter 1 – Best friends Linda and Sandra, dressed in their mod suede and leather coats and smelling of Wishing perfume, arrive at the Corn Exchange, Chelmsford’s Saturday night dance hall. Vespas and Lambrettas are parked in front and  out of town mods from Mile End, Colchester and Braintree are already here, but Sandra is waiting for Danny Mulroney, though he’s probably still in prison.  As they walk through the hall, Green Onions is playing and the stage is set for an exciting night…