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BOOK LAUNCH OF MILLER STREET SW22!

It’s this week – the official publication date of my third novel, MILLER STREET SW22, and consequently my online book launch. Early reviews from Netgalley for the ebook version have been very gratifying: I absolutely loved this book – it was beautifully written – an enchanting read – what a lovely read – the writing...

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Online Book Launch – Wednesday 24th February

It’s beginning to feel commonplace – an online event. Yet a year ago, if anyone had told me I would be launching my third novel, MILLER STREET SW22, in this way, I would have been utterly bewildered and perplexed. Not now, however. And hopefully, it will feel comfortable and enjoyable for people to join me...

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AN INVITATION FROM HILLINGDON LIBRARIES

The lovely people at Hillingdon Libraries have invited me to a live FACEBOOK interview on Thursday September 3rd at 7.00 pm as part of their HOW AUTHORS HAVE STAYED PRODUCTIVE IN LOCKDOWN series of interviews – to talk about writing during lockdown and my next novel. So please listen in!

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‘Counting the Ways’ back in the picture!

Sometimes, it’s only the most recent book that seems to get attention so it was lovely just now to see a brand new review for COUNTING THE WAYS – which came out early in 2017 – on Amazon. It’s a rare treat to read a book that manages to portray all the foibles and failings...

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March News

Two dates already booked for March! First of all, the independent book shop, Brook’s in Pinner is holding a Local Writers’ Event on Thursday March 12th at 7.00pm.  As I spent most of the first 30 years of my life living, going to school and teaching in the area I can evidently count as ‘a...

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DATE AT UXBRIDGE LIBRARY!

To keep in with the spirit of the month that provides us with Valentine’s Day, Hillingdon libraries is presenting an event at Uxbridge library called READ DATE.  On Saturday February 1st. – from 12 noon until 2.00 pm – I will be among 10 writers pitching my novels to tables of readers and hoping that...

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SPOTTED IN PINNER!

THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS is on the shelves of independent bookshop, BrOOK’S in Pinner – in fact, two copies are displayed! Pinner is where I lived for the first few years of my life and where I started school at West Lodge Primary. I also spent many years at the Studio School in Marsh...

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MR JARVIS REACHES EASTBOURNE!

Excellent to hear that Eastbourne library has just bought a copy of THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS for their fiction shelves.  With so much of the novel set on the south coast – my protagonists, Mary and her parents Ida and Jack Foster (not to mention Mr Jarvis, their lodger) living at 8, Sea View...

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EARLY REVIEWS OF ‘THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS’

‘The writing is simply extraordinary …this is a novel about family, keeping your own council, second chances, self-discovery and, ultimately, hope …a literate and compassionate look at the lives we lead.’ https://shelleyann01.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-legacy-of-mr-jarvis-by-jude-hayland.html ‘I absolutely loved this book, it’s such a vivid depiction of family life decades ago. It took me back to my own childhood...

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LONGLISTED FOR …

…on this very wet, grey, dark and dismal November morning, it was encouraging to hear that I have reached the longlist of RETREAT WEST flash fiction competition for this quarter.  The theme was WATER – particularly appropriate, then, to today – and a maximum of 500 words for the story.  As the competition is ongoing...