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Patricia Ferguson - Author

About the Author

Patricia Ferguson's first book, Family Myths and Legends, won the Betty Trask, David Higham and Somerset Maugham awards. Her most recent books, It So Happens and Peripheral Vision were both longlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Bristol.

Featured books by Patricia Ferguson

Aren't We Sisters?

Aren't We Sisters?

Author: Patricia Ferguson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. 1933, and the world is still changing, even in a quiet corner of Cornwall...If there's one thing Lettie Quick believes in, it's contraception. Trained by 'the Madam', Marie Stopes herself, Lettie teaches married women about contraception. Her job is technically legal, but the things that the typed, unsigned letters that arrive at Lettie's office ask her to do certainly aren't. Norah Thornby can't even utter the phrase 'family planning' without blushing. She still lives on the square in Silkhampton, but her mother's death and mounting debts have forced her to do the unthinkable and take on a lodger, one Lettie Quick. No-one is supposed to know it, but Rae Grainger is living in isolation in a large house by a lake. Her glittering film career isn't finished, she's simply waiting a few more weeks until others - paid, professional others - resolve her problem, leaving her to forget the whole ghastly business.

Other books by Patricia Ferguson

Garnitures Vase Sets from the National Trust

Garnitures Vase Sets from the National Trust

Author: Patricia Ferguson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2016

This exquisite gift book explores the phenomenon of 'garnitures', or matching sets of ceramic vases. From the 1650s such sets were used in elite European interiors as an integral part of the decorative scheme; displayed on chimney-pieces, cupboards, tables or over doors, they 'garnished' the interior and so enhanced the status of the owner. The fashion began in Europe using mismatched Chinese porcelain beakers and jars. As imports of Chinese porcelain ceased between 1657 and 1683, European potters at Never and Delft copied the originally exotic forms, unifying the sets with matching patters, or with metal mounts. The fashion continued throughout the 1700s, with almost every ceramic manufactory producing examples, but came to its conclusion during the Arts and Crafts period, when the singular vase became the rage and many sets were broken up and dispersed. This book brings together some of the National Trust's most important sets of garnitures, showing them in their historic context, many have never been published before.

Aren't We Sisters?

Aren't We Sisters?

Author: Patricia Ferguson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2015

Aren't We Sisters?

Aren't We Sisters?

Author: Patricia Ferguson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. 1933, and the world is still changing, even in a quiet corner of Cornwall...If there's one thing Lettie Quick believes in, it's contraception. Trained by 'the Madam', Marie Stopes herself, Lettie teaches married women about contraception. Her job is technically legal, but the things that the typed, unsigned letters that arrive at Lettie's office ask her to do certainly aren't. Norah Thornby can't even utter the phrase 'family planning' without blushing. She still lives on the square in Silkhampton, but her mother's death and mounting debts have forced her to do the unthinkable and take on a lodger, one Lettie Quick. No-one is supposed to know it, but Rae Grainger is living in isolation in a large house by a lake. Her glittering film career isn't finished, she's simply waiting a few more weeks until others - paid, professional others - resolve her problem, leaving her to forget the whole ghastly business.

One I Saw

One I Saw

Author: Patricia Ferguson Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2014

'I never told anyone about my ghost, the one I saw . . .'In this short, spine-tingling story, author of The Midwife's Daughter and Aren't We Sisters? Patricia Ferguson tells the tale of a nurse who remembers her early days working in a neonatal unit.Praise for Patricia Ferguson:'She draws on years of experience working as a nurse and midwife to produce acute, skilful descriptions' FT'Hugely enjoyable, classic storytelling' RedPatricia Ferguson trained in nursing and midwifery, and her first book, Family Myths and Legends, won the Betty Trask, David Higham and Somerset Maugham awards. It So Happens and Peripheral Vision were both longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her most recent books, The Midwife's Daughter and Aren't We Sisters? are published by Penguin. Patricia Ferguson lives in Bristol.

The Midwife's Daughter

The Midwife's Daughter

Author: Patricia Ferguson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2012

A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. The new novel from Orange Prize listed author Patricia Ferguson is a deeply moving tale about two sisters and the young black orphan who changes their lives - for anyone who loves Call the Midwife or Andrea Levy. Violet Dimond, the Holy Terror, has delivered many of the town children - and often their children - in her capacity as handywoman. But Violet's calling is dying out as, with medicine's advances, the good old ways are no longer good enough. Grace, Violet's adopted daughter, is a symbol of change herself. In the place where she has grown up and everyone knows her, she is accepted, though most of the locals never before saw a girl with skin that colour. For Violet and Grace the coming war will bring more upheaval into their lives: can they endure it, or will they, like so many, be swept aside by history's tide? A moving tale of prejudice, struggle, love, tragedy, bravery and the changing lives of women in the twentieth century, The Midwife's Daughter grips the reader all the way to its heartstopping conclusion. Praise for Patricia Ferguson: 'Strong, affecting, vividly depicted . . . It is a pure pleasure to read' Lionel Shriver, Telegraph (on Peripheral Vision by Patricia Ferguson) 'One of the most brilliant novelists around . . . funny, gripping, wonderfully shrewd' Independent Patricia Ferguson trained in nursing and midwifery, and her first book, Family Myths and Legends, won the Betty Trask, David Higham and Somerset Maugham awards. Her most recent books, It So Happens and Peripheral Vision were both longlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Bristol.

Write to Me

Write to Me

Author: Patricia Ferguson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/1991

Indefinite Nights and Other Stories

Indefinite Nights and Other Stories

Author: Patricia Ferguson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/1987

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