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.