Dear Readers ...
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.