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Roisin McAuley grew up in a big family in a small town in County Tyrone in the 1950s, went to a convent boarding school, and then to Queen’s University, Belfast, to study history. She joined the BBC in Northern Ireland as a newsreader and announcer, going on to become a reporter for BBC programmes such as Spotlight, Newsnight, Panorama and File on 4. She has also produced and directed television documentaries for ITV and Channel 4 and written and presented programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She lives in Reading with her husband, Richard.
The background to this satisfying tale is the troubles in Ireland and the film industry. They give added depth and colour to the characters who all seek happiness of one sort or another. Told from two points of view, it is compelling, evocative, beguiling stuff. A lovely read. Comparison: Maeve Binchy, Sarah Challis, Geraldine O’Neill.
It is not often I read a book in a day but I did this one for it was fast and light and I badly needed to know how it resolved. A phone call out of the blue sends Lena and her best friend off to trace the birth parents of her adopted daughter. I am not telling you any more except that it is a wonderful way to spend a wet afternoon.Comparisons: Maeve Binchy, Erica James, Susan Sallis.Similar this month: Emily Barr, Kate Long.