Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday 


I’m soooo sorry that this is uber late in the day. I’m not sure if I have mentioned it here but I seem to have messed up my ankle and the pain continues. I really really do need to wander this Wednesday, last Friday night I ended up in urgent care and I have been doing everything I was told and I’m still in pain- I thankfully have a few days off where I intend to sit, blog and catch up on TV I need to watch about 4 episodes of Pretty Little Liars and then that is done forever. Not sure I’m happy about that.

As I have said a few times I totally fell in love with Then Now Always and Mojacar- I hope to visit soon. What wanderlust based book should I read next??? Help me people.


Cap Salou 2017-  yes I’m mentioning Salou again why am I still here. 


Salou 2016 god I’m always a better version of me there.

Sorry for the self pity I’m in sooo much pain right now. 


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Book Review: Brief Encounter at the Picture House By The Sea

Published by Simon & Schuster on 7th Feb 2017

Blurb: The little picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferelli’s, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice cream for miles.

When Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli’s, falls ill, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to do anything she can to help. Alongside her old friend Ben Pascoe, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory with a themed Brief Encounter night. 

Review: As I finished part one I was longing for more. I sometimes adore the fact I get to these treats late as I can just start part two. Although sadly I haven’t got to it yet. Yesterday when I finished this and downloaded part two, I thought I would get a head start before my meeting but alas that didn’t happen. I don’t think I had drank enough water as had a raging headache which was partially there this morning anyway back to the book.

This shouldn’t have taken me this long to read but thanks to work, the heat etc it has but my what a gorgeous treat Brief Encounter at the Picture House By The Sea is. It has made me think of both my grandparents as one I shared a love of books and the other films. I think I best be watching Brief Encounter as soon as possible. I believe if I had seen it I would remember. Plus I love another chance to feel closer to my beautiful Nan.

Anyway wow! If you love a feel good novel, the seaside, ice cream and those guys that are your book boyfriends long after you have read The End then this is definitely the read for you. I was instantly drawn to Gina – she’s likeable, fun loving and she definitely deserves the best in life. I love that she’s been honourable to her grandparents in their time of need. Although Gina’s grandfather Ferdie would never have admitted this himself. I adore the sound of Ferdie and Elena he’s bark is worse than his bite he’s a very proud man who truly loves his business. 

 I myself have been to Cornwall twice in my life but as a child we don’t always appreciate it as much as we do later in life. Holly has captured seaside life at it’s best. I love that part one ended leaving so many unanswered questions, the event at the cinema sounded totally gorgeous and who doesn’t like fancy dress. 

I won’t spoil too much but I must say I really do think Ben has my attention. I cannot wait to get stuck into part two. I have to say one spoiler this book will make you want ICE CREAM. 

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Wandering Wednesday: Inspiration can hit you at any given time or moment in life. 

It’s really funny that last Wednesday I was getting inspiration for this post also thanks to Isabelle Broom and her gorgeous Then.Now.Always which I have already reviewed and you can read it here – making me want to just say who needs money just book a flight and see what happens. Well if you are still reading this you will obviously realise that sadly the booking flight and to hell with the consequences hasn’t happened. Not yet anyway. 

Talking about Wanderlust books had me googling just that which has ultimately came to this post. I found an interesting post that listed a number of books that every wanderer should read this is said post http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7494362. So now I’m going to speak about a few of the book choices that jumped out on me. 


Daphne Du Maurier The Scapegoat – Now I don’t know if I have shared any reviews on here but I love love love Daphne Du Maurier. I have read and loved Rebecca and Frenchman’s Creek and I have been looking to read more esp as My Cousin Rachel is now a film. So back to the issue in hand. The Scapegoat appeared on this list and wandering and Daphne now that’s a win win for this blogger.

Frenchman’s Creek Review
I sadly either didn’t review or cannot find my Rebecca review 😦 

Blurb: By chance, John and Jean–one English, the other French–meet in a provincial railway station. Their resemblance to each other is uncanny, and they spend the next few hours talking and drinking – until at last John falls into a drunken stupor. It’s to be his last carefree moment, for when he wakes, Jean has stolen his identity and disappeared. So the Englishman steps into the Frenchman’s shoes, and faces a variety of perplexing roles – as owner of a chateau, director of a failing business, head of a fractious family, and master of nothing.

Gripping and complex, The Scapegoat is a masterful exploration of doubling and identity, and of the dark side of the self.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Now this has been mentioned on the blog a few times. 

It’s in my list for the #20BooksofSummer Link and having read and adored Samantha Tonge’s The New Beginnings Coffee Club as the loveable Noah mentions it to Jenny and my interest was piqued so it’s now in my possession and on the list. 

New Beginnings Coffee Club

Blurb: Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.


Blurb: Written after the First World War when he was living in Sicily, sea and Sardinia records Lawrence’s journey to Sardinia and back in January 1921. It reveals his response to a new landscape and people and his ability to transmute the spirit of place into literary art. Like his other travel writings the book is also a shrewd inquiry into the political and social values of an era which saw the rise of communism and fascism. On one level an indictment of contemporary materialism, sea and Sardinia is nethertheless an optimistic book, celebrating the creativity of the human spirit and seeking in the fundamental laws which governed human nature in the past fresh inspiration for the present. 

This one intrigues me.


If I read this as a kid it obviously didn’t resonate with me so it’s on the list.

Blurb: For a moment it’s as if they’ve never been apart. They’re still Vixen and Cassandra, summer sisters forever. The rest is a mistake, a crazy joke.’

Vix Leonard is twelve when she meets dazzling, reckless Caitlin Somers. Invited to spend holidays on Martha’s Vineyard with Caitlin and her eccentric, mysterious family, Vix is welcomed into a life totally unlike her own. As days of bold adventure give way to nights of shy discovery, she and Caitlin come together in the complications of growing up; the refuge of belonging; the pact to Never Be Ordinary . . . Until one devastating summer when a local boy changes everything.
Years later life has driven them apart, but the bruise of their friendship remains. When Caitlin begs Vix to return to the Vineyard for her wedding, Vix knows she will go. She wants to understand what happened that last shattering summer – and why her best friend still has the power to break her heart.
An unforgettable story of two women, two families and the friendships that shape a lifetime from Judy Blume, the author who shaped our teenage selves.

This one is on many lists of books that you should read before you die. So it’s now on my list 🙂 

Blurb: On the Road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Now recognized as a modern classic, its American Dream is nearer that of Walt Whitman than Scott Fitzgerald, and it goes racing towards the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and autobiographical passion.

Contains an introduction by Ann Charters, as well as suggestions for further reading of acclaimed criticisms and references.
Have you read any of these? Where should I start. 

Sorry that today’s post is really late in the day, I hadn’t finished it plus have had a bit of an awful headache once I returned home. But it’s here #WanderingWednesday 

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Goodreads Monday….

Happy Monday all I know it’s a scorcher today….those of you lucky enough to enjoy it I’m super super jealous. My ankle is in agony although have new precautions and have been trying to shift my weight off of it anyway enough about that. 

I kept seeing Goodreads Monday popping up on here and today it stuck with me. So here I am Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners where you choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.  Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to add your own links!

I have loads of books on my TBR pile so I’m going to have a twist to my Goodreads Monday and speak about a few.

The first book I am going to talk about is The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman. This has been on my TBR pile for too long. It may well become an audible read but it will definitely be pushed up the list. 

Book Summary: When time is running out, every moment is precious…

When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold onto the past when her future is slipping through her fingers…?
A Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club pick, The Memory Book is a critically acclaimed, beautiful novel of mothers and daughters, and what we will do for love.

The second book is Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown I was lucky enough to read the first few chapters thanks to Netgalley and I loved it and have been wanting more. Just haven’t had time to get round to it. I know I will fly through this. 


Book Summary: You trusted your sister… you shouldn’t have.

After sixteen years apart sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited. With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and before long Jess has moved into Emily’s comfortable island home. Life couldn’t be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess’s care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart.
Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?

Have you read either of these books? If so do share your thoughts free of spoilers. 

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My bookish week….

Sunday Sunday….as I may have mentioned before Sunday’s are generally my one day off that never changes. Although I have to go in for a meeting next week. Anyway I was thinking of doing a reading and blogging intentions post but I kept seeing various bloggers update posts and thought oooh. So here I am….

I don’t know what I have done but somehow I have a very sore ankle so my walking to work has ceased for now 😦 which is upsetting as it’s when I listen to my audio reads. So today has been a chilled one not moving too much and then I shall be going to the cinema this evening. 

I had just started listening to The Woman in Cabin 10.


I really enjoyed Ruth Ware’s In a Dark Dark Wood so when this popped up on audibles daily deal it was a no brainer that I had to download it almost instantly. What I have listened to is great it’s very descriptive just as I would expect from Ruth, although it’s definitely a read that you need to be fully focused on. As I had to stop and focus myself.

My review of In a Dark Dark Wood was published on Dark Readers when I was blogging alongside the lovely Casey and co. You can read it here.

Although today I started listening to How Not to Fall in Love Actually by Catherine Bennetto whilst I was trying to relax my ankle in the bath and whilst traveling. I’m really loving it so far it’s funny and real. (Been meaning to listen to this for a while as Fabbookfiend has recommended it to me.) I have been invited to an event that Catherine will be at on Thursday evening so I thought it made sense to listen asap. 

This week on the blog I have featured:

The Cafe in Fir Tree Park

Wandering Wednesday – Time to wander again

So much more than a TV show #Nashville

Then.Now.Always 

The only good thing about not walking to work is the fact I am getting a little more actual reading a book done. I finished Then Now Always and have read The Wedding Speech a gorgeous short by Isabelle Broom which I hope to review shortly. I have started a few books linked to the event I have been invited to on Thursday evening. So hopefully there will be lots to report on here on the blog I’m already working on a few posts. I love it when ideas come to mind. 

Blogging is keeping my mind of the fact I’m in pain on and off. It’s getting me down just as I think it’s getting better bam. Cinema shortly although I’m in a little pain once again sad but true. Anyway enough with the pity party Hayley. 

My current reads are: How To Not Fall In Love Actually and Brief Encounters at the Picture House by the Sea as I shall be lucky enough to see both authors later this week. 

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Book Review: Then, Now, Always By Isabelle Broom

Published 20th April 2017 by Penguin 

Blurb: Hannah Hodges can’t believe her luck when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . but what’s the catch?

‘Fresh, fun and full of sexual tension… a perfect spring read’ Heat
Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn’t be a more perfect setting to fall in love…
If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…
Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?
For just once in her life, can’t Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?
Calling all escapists! Prepare to be whisked away to the Spanish sun in this completely absorbing page-turner.

Review: Wow! So this is my first Isabelle Broom novel although I’m sure I have another on my kindle. You know the drill they are 99p you purchase and it still takes forever to be read. Yeah that. This book was given to me by Netgalley, where I get sucked in by all the awesome sounding books and it takes me a while to get round to them ooops. So this is my second book for 20 books of summer and what a summery feel good read this was. I’m actually kind of sad that it’s over. Plus I’m also wanting to visit Mojacar. If anyone has been how many days would I need to see the sights? 

Hannah has a special bond with Mojacar and I feel like I know the place even though I had never heard of it until I read this beauty of a book. Now I want to see Mojacar in all it’s beauty, I want to experience the magic of this serene village. Hannah’s love of Mojacar makes me think of my love for Salou although she had a much longer gap in her trips than I have.

I love that Isabelle has managed to feature so many real life issues. Families and their secrets, betrayal, abuse, wanderlust, friendship, love and what stood out for me is how Hannah realises who she is and what she wants. It has nothing to do with her loveable goofy friend Tom or her gorgeous boss Theo, although these boys do make her see who she really is and that is beyond inspiring. 

What else can I say I don’t want to spoil the story, but I will say Hannah’s relationship with each and every character changes her in some way. For me her relationships with Elaine and Nancy show very different sides to Hannah yet both women shape so much about her future. 

It’s funny along the way you are always routing for Hannah and things to go her way, and just like Hannah we realise that what she thought was perfection was merely a learning curve.

I cannot express how much I loved this novel, and now I want to wanderlust even more than I did before. 

OMG! you cannot end a novel on a cliffhanger like that what an OMG moment. I literally fell in love with the story, the characters and most of all the serene calmness of Mojacar. If you want to be swept away to a village full of magic and rainbows then pick up Then.Now.Always I will remember this book for years to come and as I say Mojacar is now on my want list.

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So much more than a TV show…….Nashville 


So change of subject today….as I’m feeling like these guys deserve a little more of my time. When I first watched Nashville back in 2012 I had said to a number of friends I will either get bored easily or get completely hooked. As you may have guessed it’s the latter. 

Nashville may well be about country music but it’s soo much more than that on the TV and in real life. So many super real life situations and scenarios have been covered over the years since it first aired and they just keep surprising us.

This is also not the first post I have written re the show, back when this blog was originally a place for me to talk about my Cancer Research volunteering story I posted this.

These actors are not only amazing actors but they are extremely talented musicians. I’m left in awe of the talent they posses. I was lucky enough and extremely grateful to see these beauties last year at Hammersmith Apollo where I saw both shows and had a meet and greet that left me even more in love with this gorgeous bunch. 


This year it was a little harder getting tickets and a tad more expensive but thanks to my good friend Natalie we managed to get good seats for Birmingham on the opening night of the 2017 tour. This year we had a new addition Jonathan Jackson if you watch Nashville that’s the very easy on the eye Avery Barkley. He is one of my favourites and I was super gutted when he appeared on stage in Dublin last year so when I heard he was added this year it did up the excitement for me. (Which only intensified when I saw him live) as I awaited my friends at Birmingham we decided last minute to do the Meet for this year and I am so so glad that we did.


Anyway I won’t say too much about the songs and stuff as I hate spoilers and I had a massive chat with them about being at the opening show where no one can spoil it for me. But I will say there is a combination of songs from the show from various seasons, songs they like and which have meanings to them personally and some of their very own material which is amazing.  

I’m still in awe from the two out of this world shows I attended this bunch are talented and are exactly the positive energy this world needs right now. I have only watched one episode of the latest season so at least I have that to keep me company while I long to hear these guys sing once more. 

Do you watch Nashville? What do you love about the show and who are your favourites?

I have been Team Deacon pretty much since episode one but along the way I have had new found love for the characters. I think Avery aka Jonathan Jackson has had an epic set of storylines and he’s character has changed so much. 

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#WanderingWednesday. It’s time to wander again…

Welcome back to Wandering Wednesday my very own meme that I started last week. My initial post was a general introduction to my meme where I can wander my hearts desire even if at present I’m going to beautiful places via a book. 

So….I may have mentioned last week that I have been swept off to Mojacar with Hannah and co in the beautiful Then.Now.Always by Isabelle Broom. 


It’s the latest book I have been devouring every single second I can. Hannah’s lust for Mojacar is very similar to mine with Salou although I have been most years for at least 5 days bar 2015 when I lusted but never visited. I love the fact I can communicate with authors and bloggers as I’m reading. I have been pinging tweets to Isabelle about my lust for her book and she even sent me a gorgeous snapshot last week. 


What a snapshot eh?

At the time I was on a train to Birmingham with the sky changing from blue to grey but in delving within the pages I was transported to a heavenly bliss only needing a cocktail to feel right at home. It’s funny I feel like if I went to Mojacar I would know it, like I had already visited. 

Rules: Wandering Wednesday is a bookish meme set up by Hayley Reviews allowing Wanderlust and love of books that enhance that feeling. There’s no real specific, I just want to create a meme that can get us wandering and sharing books and ideas etc. So post and tweet #WanderingWednesday and please please link back to me.

I am also on the lookout for more wanderlust based books I have a few on my TBR list but if you have any recommendations feel free to share them with me. 

I love my meme I even have ideas that I will start penning for this time next week. So check back next Wednesday to see what I have to share on that #WanderingWednesday 

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Book Review: The Cafe in Fir Tree Park by Katey Lovell

Published 26th May 2017 by HarperImpulse

Blurb: Maggie’s café is at the very heart of Fir Tree Park. Business is booming, her lemon drizzle is the stuff of legend, her children are happy and life is good. But she hasn’t had it easy. When her husband Clint was sent to prison, she had to raise Josh and Kelly alone. But Clint can’t hurt them now, and there’s no denying that Paolo, the Italian football coach she spies every weekend out on the green, is more than easy on the eye.

It may be summer outside, but a new arrival in Fir Tree Park sends an icy chill through the café…

 Review: Katey has been on my radar for a while, thanks to recommendations from friends, bloggers and authors. I have read three of her meet cute novels so far and I have literally fell in love with each and every one of them for differing reasons and differing book boyfriends. Anyway, that’s more for another day. The Café In Fir Tree park is my first full Katey novel and I am super pleased that it’s my first, from the very start I was well and truly sucked in by the setting, the characters and have you seen how gorgeous the cover is….It had me longing for an iced coffee in the park even on those dreary grey skied days.

Saying goodbye to these beautiful characters who I was instantly drawn to was super hard, until Katey said in a tweet to me that she would love to revisit some of them at least someday. I was instantly drawn to the loveable older guy in Carrick there really was something swoonsome about him and the fact he becomes such an integral part of Maggie’s story had me on the edge of my seat. Lacey was one of my early favourites and as time went on I was rooting for Maggie and for Fern. Fern is a character that will stay with you as she overcomes so much, I think everyone has a vulnerability like Fern some people are just better at hiding it.

I loved that there were many sub stories that interlinked these characters in the end. I won’t say too much as I believe discovering each person and there stories good and bad is part of the fun. What I loved is that Katey has covered a number of issues, family secrets, loss, grief, lack of confidence, vulnerability, friendship and love. I literally loved the ending as that also told me we could see more from these beautiful characters.

A truly addictive, summer read that will have you saying to yourself just one more chapter. If you are looking for a gorgeous read to join you on the beach look no further. I promise you will not be disappointed, I really do look forward to reading more from Katey….

Any suggestions???? Keep checking back there will be some meet cute love later this week.

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Double Cover Reveal Pot Love 1&2 by Slyvia Ashby

Happy Friday all….I hope whatever you have planned today makes you smile.

Today I share with you not one but two cover reveals for Slyvia Ashby’s Pot Love and Pot Love 2 – the sinking chef.

Thanks to Jenny @ https://jennyinneverland.com/ for organising this cover reveal and for inviting me. I want cake now. 

Pot Love ORIGINAL FINAL (1)

I must say the first cover makes me think of Summer the fruit and the vibrant reds. You can check it out here.

Blurb: Ashley Burkе is your average next-door girl. She lives with her boyfriend, loves her work and secretly fancies her boss.

When Ashley loses it all through no fault of her own, well, apart from snogging her boss and getting caught by his fiancée, she needs to act fast to find a new job. A lucrative vacancy comes her way – a spot on a popular day-time TV – but there is a catch. It’s a cookery spot and Ashley can’t cook to save her life.
PRAISES FOR POT LOVE

“I feel like exploding with how much I love this book. I almost didn’t want to read the last few chapters because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I feel like I made a new best friend and visited England, without ever leaving my house.

If this book were a movie, it would be the biggest romantic comedy of the next five years, and I’d be first in line to pay my $10 for a ticket and $20 worth of popcorn and soda.”

 BestChickLit.com

“Like a late night, post-pub cheeseboard or the final few drops of Rosé, it will prove mighty hard to resist.”

“Great characters, interesting plot line and wonderful writing bringing it all together! Well worth the read. Kind of hoping for a sequel.”

Who doesn’t love a good yet ever so naughty cupcake. The sinking chef can be found here

Blurb: Ashley has a YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much. When James calls with an offer to take her to lunch – the same James that got her fired from her dream job three years ago – she accepts. Against her better judgement, of course.

Now Ashley has all kinds of secrets and things are only going to get worse.

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2) is a light, enjoyable and easy to read romantic comedy. With Sylvia Ashby’s gift of humour there is plenty to laugh and smile about, but the book does have its serious moments. 

PRAISES FOR POT LOVE

“Oh wow – what a fabulous ending! I actually had tears pricking my eyes. I’m so happy for Ashley. After all she’s been through in the course of the book, all the problems and insecurities… the ending was just perfect.” 

Heather Belleguelle 

“Captivating read!! I found myself charmed by Ashley- all her flaws and insecurities kept me reading page after page.”

Celeste Rogers

A bit about the author Sylvia Ashby…..

Three random facts about me 

I graduated university with a Graphic Design degree and spent my twenties working in advertising. Never did it occur to me that my degree would come in handy when I start publishing books.

In my early thirties, I was a shop owner. I owned four shops, one of which was in St. Christopher’s Place London W1. I was doing everything from buying the collections to submitting monthly PAYS. It was madness. I’m so glad the economy crashed in 2008 and I had to give up retail.

Then I started writing. It felt like the first conscious decision I’ve ever made in my life. I felt a sense of belonging. The thought “I could be doing this for the rest of my life” didn’t scare me half to death. Four years and four books later I still feel the same way. This is love, home and vocation wrapped in one.

My first book, Pot Love, was about food and love.

My second, The Treachery of Trains, is about finding love in unlikely places.

The third book I wrote is actually Pot Love‘s second instalment. It’s called The Sinking Chef (Pot Love Book 2) and in it my eponymous heroine Ashley is in even bigger trouble then she was in Pot Love. The two books are standalone and you don’t have to read them in order.

My fourth is The Official Pot Love Series Cookbook and you can get it completely FREE.

Currently, I live in Leuven, Belgium with my family.

SA1

You can find Sylvia…..

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bysylvia_a

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sylviaashbywriter/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sylvia-Ashby/e/B00DK8M2NM