I’M always happy to pass on my thoughts of books I’ve been reading, especially if they involve local writers who are trying to make an impact among the better established authors.
Annette Sills has published her debut novel with the intriguing title of The Relative Harmony of Julie O’Hagan.
Annette lives in Chorlton and the story deals with serious issues but is told with lovely, light-hearted humour and takes an affectionate swipe at the Chorlton ‘hummus-eating classes’.
Annette’s parents are from County Mayo, so there are also lots of references to a world I’m familiar with, growing up as a child of Irish immigrants.
Annette is no stranger to writing, as her stories have been shortlisted for many prizes, including the prestigious Telegraph Short Story Club.
Her first novel is published by Ecanus, available on Amazon.
It’s already been nominated in this year’s Rethink Press New Novels Award.
I’m not surprised, I enjoyed it immensely and much of it chimed with my own experiences of those who live surrounded by organic restaurants and wine bars.
I wish Annette well on her journey to become an acclaimed international novelist. family tree has more branches than a small forest.
It was a fascinating event which allowed people to have a go at being a war reporter and make their own ID Permits.
As an added bonus, TV and radio presenters were also in The Pals Tent for live broadcasts.
As it’s a roadshow, it could well be heading your way and if it is, I’d recommend you go along and enjoy it.
Folly Lane under 12s rugby team played in front of a huge crowd in France at the weekend
South Manchesterbased author Annette Sills has published her debut novel The Relative Harmony of Julie O’Hagan