You’ll discover stories and poems, and find me chatting about my novels: Babyday - women’s fiction with a touch of the unusual or
How I Broke Mama’s Commandments, a story set in Edwardian London inspired by Sophia, my Russian anarchist grandmother.
And now: The Child Who Spoke with Her Eyes – A mother’s spiritual journey with her disabled child. This is a memoir of our beautiful, charismatic daughter Vanessa who had cerebral palsy, yet she charmed everyone who met her. It will appeal to all those viewers and readers who love Call the Midwife for it’s about mothers and fathers, babies and children.
Latest news: we held a fantastic launch on Sunday 16 December at Yeshurun Synagogue, Gatley, when more than one hundred people filled the Shacter Hall! In January this year, another ‘secret’ launch took place at my house and there will be a third on Sunday 10 March at Menorah, Northenden.
A few thoughts about my memoir. I’d wanted to write this for years but it was only when I approached a significant birthday, I realised if not now, when? Putting aside ( with a promise to finish it) How I Broke Mama’s Commandments, and using diaries, photographs and above all, talking to the family and people who knew Vanessa, I rediscovered the joys and sorrows of bringing up a beautiful, charismatic but profoundly disabled child. It has taken two and half years to complete but I’m delighted to say that it’s finished, edited and published!
You can buy it from Waterstone’s, Foyle’s and good bookshops. Here are the details: ISBN 97809574948-17
The Kindle Version is:The Child Who Spoke With Her Eyes ASIN: B07N6BLMJL
My Wonderful ‘Novel Writers Group’ with Olivia Piekarski, Anjum Malik and Cath Staincliffe, holding up Mary Sharrat’s brilliant new novel, The Dark Lady’s Mask. Thanks to them for the support and feed back, the memoir is finished!
And Mary with Ophelia, the Feminist Plague Rat who visited NWG that day!
I must add Rafi Brown and the Candy Floss Kid, my fantastically well-received middle-grade novel, the story of Rafi, a brilliant, dyslexic, eleven-year-old cartoonist and his friend, Candy Floss, who dyes her hair pink and never goes to school. How does she do it?
Some lovely comments about Rafi Brown and the Candy Floss Kid
Adele Geras, distinguished writer of many books for children and for adults.
“I think this would be a good addition to any school bookshelf and I would urge anyone who has what’s called “a reluctant reader’ in their family to buy it too. It’s enjoyable, well-written, entertaining and about serious things that matter. I’m happy to be able to recommend it.”
Another great comment:
Another wonderful review!
My name is Poppy and I loved Rafi Brown and the Candy Floss kid sooooooo much! When I started reading I got in to it so much I couldn’t put it down. When I was reading about Horrible Hegarty I thought she was the same as Zegabos (the evil queen in Rafi’s story) it is one of the best books I have read and I think everyone of my age and older will also enjoy it. The pictures in the book helped me imagine, together with the vocabulary what was actually happening.
My 10 year old daughter read this book in just a couple of days, because she enjoyed it so much. The characters are engaging and the plot entertaining and thought-provoking. She has asked for further adventures of Rafi and the Candy Floss Kid!
Our first reading and book signing at Didsbury Library
This is RAFI BROWN AND THE CANDY FLOSS KID’S first outing at Didsbury Library’s after school reading. I hope they enjoyed it. I did. A lovely audience of three adults and a variety of children - and we sold five copies of the book! And our last reading of the year at Moor Allerton School.