Annie Stanley, All at Sea
Mantle/Pan Macmillan, 2021
When unfulfilled teacher Annie’s father dies, she decides to take his ashes – without her family’s consent – on a tour of the 31 sea areas that make up Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast, which she and her father used to listen to together. Her journey, both literal and emotional, reconnects her with old friends and family, and gives her a much-needed chance to re-set her life.
Reviews of Annie Stanley, All at Sea
‘It’s like a big hug in a book’ -- Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal.
‘This charming, well-judged debut novel balances seaside kitsch and mordant humour. Deckchair optional’ -- Observer
‘Witty, wise with wonderful characters. I absolutely loved this book’ -- Katie Fforde, author of A Springtime Affair
‘This is a brilliantly funny, heart-warming celebration of life, love, grief and the Shipping Forecast’ -- Georgia Pritchett, author of My Mess Is a Bit of a Life
‘Funny and moving and the perfect read for grey days’ -– Frances Quinn, author of The Smallest Man
‘This bittersweet story about grief has just the right balance of poignancy and humour’ -- Good Housekeeping
‘Annie Stanley is a gloriously imperfect heroine who takes you on a stormy journey of grief, love and Britain's brilliant coastline. I was swept away’ --
Eva Carter, author of Owner of a Lonely Heart
‘A journey to rediscover that life really is worth living’ ―- OK Magazine
‘This book is packed with heart and wit. I was moved and laughed out loud so many times. I truly love Annie’ -- Jo Clegg, author of Here Comes The Sun
My research trip, from Scarborough to Swanage, Cromarty to Canvey Island
The Pre-Loved Club
Mantle/Pan Macmillan, 2022
Gemma is cup-half-empty. Ned is cup-half-full. Both are newly single parents, after being dumped by their partners. Both feel hurt, damaged and raw. Can they move on? Are they ready to meet someone new? Can they offer each other support and empathy while they get their confidence back? Who will be happy first and what are friends really for? The Pre-Loved Club is set in Brighton & Hove, with Gemma and Ned living at opposite ends of the city.