I was born in Enniskillen, grew up in Belfast and moved to Manchester as a teenager.
Some years ago I was given a scrap book full of concert programmes and newspaper cuttings about The Golden Sisters, billed as ‘The girls with the golden voices; three girls and a piano in close harmony.’ They were my mother and her sisters. Growing up, I knew that they entertained the troops as members of ENSA and sang their way through the war. Occasionally, at family gatherings they could be persuaded to sing again.
My WW2 Belfast trilogy is based on them but, although the historical events are accurate, most of the story is imagined. Nevertheless, I grew up with these women and it’s quite possible that everything in the novels could have happened.
**THE GIRL IN THE PINK RAINCOAT*
When a factory girl and a Jewish businessman fall in love it seems that the whole world is against them.
Manchester 1939: On the eve of war Gracie Earnshaw is working in Rosenberg’s raincoat factory – a job she hates – but her life is about to be turned upside down when she falls in love with Jacob, the boss’s charismatic nephew.
Through Jacob, with his ambitions to be a writer, Gracie glimpses another world: theatre, music and prejudice. But their forbidden romance is cut short when Jacob is arrested disappears and tragedy unfolds.
Gracie struggles with heartbreak, danger and old family secrets, but the love of her first sweetheart comes back to her in an unexpected way giving her the chance of a new life and happiness.
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