Ea­monn O’Neal

Stockport Times West - - YOUR VIEWS -

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

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