Synopsis

Janet’s first love arrives out of the blue after forty years. Those were simpler times for them both. Sunny childhood beach holidays, fish and chips and big copper pennies clunking into one armed bandits.

The Wells family has run the Cromer Pier Summertime Special Show for generations. But it’s now 2009 and the recession is biting hard. Owner Janet Wells and daughter Karen are facing an uncertain future. The show must go on, and Janet gambles on a fading talent show star. But both the star and the other cast members have their demons. This is a story of love, loyalty and luvvies. The road to Cromer Pier might be the end of their careers, or it might just be a new beginning.

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My review

I grew up in Suffolk and we used to have our summer holiday on the Norfolk coast. “There’s a lot of sky in Norfolk,” my dad would always say, and it’s true that the county has a very distinctive look and feel to it. I wasn’t disappointed therefore to discover a very strong sense of place alongside a cast of very strong characters in this family drama. The book couldn’t be set anywhere else and it conjures up beautifully the atmosphere of a seaside town.

Cromer, whilst beautiful in its own distinctive way and famous for its crabs, isn’t exactly a bustling resort, and certainly not during the period that this novel is set in. Times are hard but the Wells family are determined to maintain their high standards in their summertime show. Boss Janet has to take rather more risks than she’s happy to. There are more pressures than just the financial climate too.

The author has written for the stage and his love and understanding of all things theatrical adds an extra dimension to his writing. It’s very vibrant, but his characters have depth and undergo development too.

Tension and pressure builds and the people we meet react in different ways. There’s plenty going on emotionally and physically and the book is totally engrossing from start to finish. It’s delightfully different and makes for an excellent read for the summer, but it’ll be equally good at any other time of year!

And a super cover is the icing on the cake.

 

About the author

I am a 61 year old Accountant who semi-retired to explore my love of creative writing. In my career I held Board level jobs for over twenty five years, in private, public and third sector organisations. I was born in Coventry, a city then dominated by the car industry and high volume manufacturing. Jaguar, Triumph, Talbot, Rolls Royce, Courtaulds, Massey Ferguson were the major employers, to name but a few.

When I was nine year’s old I told my long suffering mother that as I liked English composition and drama I was going to be a Playwright. She told me that I should work hard at school and get a proper job. She was right of course.

I started as an Office Junior at Jaguar in 1973 at eleven pounds sixty four a week. I thus grew up in the strike torn, class divided seventies. My first career ended in 2015, when I semi retired as Director of Corporate services at Humberside Probation. My second career, as a Non Executive Director, is great as it has allowed me free time to travel and indulge my passion for writing, both in novels and for theatre.

The opportunity to rekindle my interest in writing came in 2009, when I wrote my first pantomime, Cinderella, for my home group, the Walkington Pantomime Players. I have now written eight. I love theatre, particularly musical theatre, and completed the Hull Truck Theatre Playwrite course in 2010. My first play, a comedy called He’s Behind You, had its first highly successful showing in January 2016, so I intend to move forward in all three creative areas.

Pen Pals was my first novel, but a second, The Road to Cromer Pier, will be released in the Summer of 2019.

I’m an old fashioned writer I guess. I want you to laugh and to cry. I want you to believe in my characters, and feel that my stories have a beginning, a middle, and a satisfactory ending.

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