Dear Read­ers ...

The People's Friend Special - - CONTENTS - An­gela Gilchrist, Editor.

PUZ­ZLE fans will love the eight pages of brain­teasers in this new Spe­cial, and we also have 14 brand­new short sto­ries by favourite “Friend” au­thors. John Ken­wor­thy has set the en­ter­tain­ing “A Free Spirit” in a 1950s tour­ing cir­cus which fea­tures an un­usual “ex­tra” called Saw­dust Sid, while there’s a more tran­quil back­drop, in the shape of a small English fish­ing port, to “Af­ter The Storm” by Re­becca Holmes. And don’t miss the in­trigu­ing “Ghost Dancer”, writ­ten ex­clu­sively for the “Friend” by de­but nov­el­ist Louise Beech.

If, like me, you loved “Wolf Hall” on TV re­cently, you’ll en­joy Pat Coul­ter’s ac­count of her visit to mag­nif­i­cent Hever Castle, the child­hood home of Anne Bo­leyn. The history theme con­tin­ues when Gil­lian Thorn­ton meets Ruth Good­man, re­source­ful and tal­ented star of TV’s re-en­act­ment pro­grammes such as “The Vic­to­rian Farm”.

We also have or­ganic recipes for you to try, a sparkly top to knit, and a fas­ci­nat­ing ar­ti­cle on Salzburg, the “Sound Of Mu­sic” city. Last but not least is Polly Pullar’s touch­ing ar­ti­cle about Sor­rel, a very spe­cial kestrel, which I’m sure you’ll love.

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