**My new novel will be out this Thursday 12 July **
Set in WW2 Manchester, ‘The Girl in the Pink Raincoat’ has romance, drama, betrayal and some heart-stopping moments! It’s available as an ebook and hardback on all Amazon sites. Paperback out early next year. You can read the blurb below.
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 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.
This is the cover of my new novel THE GIRL IN THE PINK RAINCOAT. I hope you like it. Set in WW2 Manchester, the story has romance, drama, betrayal and some heart-stopping moments. It comes out as an ebook on 12 July and is already listed on Amazon to pre order. The paperback will be available later in the year.
I’m so pleased to say that my new novel ‘The Girl in the Pink Raincoat’ has been accepted by publishers Head of Zeus. Like my other books it’s a WW2 family saga with lots of romance, but the setting has moved from Belfast to Manchester. I’ve lived in the city for a long time and it seemed a natural step to explore the war years through the eyes of a Mancunian family – though I couldn’t resist having a Belfast woman as one of the characters.
The ebook will be available from 12 July 2018 and is already listed on Amazon to pre-order. The hardback and paperback will follow later in the year.
Here’s a quick preview of the story:
With whispers of war across Europe, many are uncertain of what the future will bring. For Gracie Earnshaw, who works in Rosenberg’s raincoat factory, life is turned upside down when she meets the boss’s charismatic nephew, Jacob. Through Jacob, with his ambitions to be a writer, Gracie glimpses another world: theatre, music and prejudice. But their secret romance is tested when war finally erupts and tragedy unfolds. Gracie struggles with heartbreak, danger and old family secrets. But, eventually, the love of her first sweetheart comes back to her in an unexpected way, giving her the strength to carry on and find happiness again.
It was a real pleasure to be with Hannah at North Manchester FM yesterday chatting about books on the ‘Hannah’s Bookshelf’ show. You can listen to our conversation by clicking the link below.
We talked about reading, writing, my Martha’s Girls trilogy (of course) and I got to choose three books to be added to The Library at the End of Days – a kind of apocalypse reading list. I chose The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Jane Eyre, and Staying Alive – a brilliant poetry anthology.
On this day 100 years ago my mother Irene Goulding was born in Belfast. She and her younger sisters were the inspiration for my trilogy of novels set in N Ireland during WW2. Her first job was hand-painting linen tablecloths, but with the outbreak of war she went to work at Short Bros & Harland aircraft factory helping to build Stirling bombers. At the same time she and two younger sisters, Pat and Peggy, formed the ‘Golden Sisters’ singing in close-harmony – Belfast’s answer to the ‘Andrews Sisters’. As members of ENSA they entertained the troops and performed in concert and dance halls raising morale. Writing the books I began to see wartime life through their eyes and got to know them as young women. Sadly they’re all gone now but today I raise a glass to my mother, Irene. I’m so proud of you.