Annie Harrison draws some of her literary inspiration from living in a 300-year old house outside Canterbury once owned Jane Austen's brother, Edward Knight. The next-door vicarage provided Miss Austen with the literary setting for Pride and Prejudice. The mansion glimpsed over the estate wall from Annie's writing desk window reportedly imbued the author with her Mansfield Park and Persuasion masterpieces. Obviously, quite a tough literary act to follow, but Annie decided to give it a go anyway.
In a very non-Jane Austen way, Annie hastily met and married her Mr Darcy on the cusp of 40, after years of desperate, delusional and disastrous dating. She had two children in quick succession and was relieved to finally move on from her previous Bridget Jones existence (pardon the mix of genres). Her experiences lead her to write Finding Mr Right: The Real Woman's Guide to Landing That Man - an inspirational anthology for reluctantly single Elizabeth Bennets and Bridget Joneses everywhere.
Annie's second book, The Oddball English takes an acerbic look at the English national character. And there's more to it than meets the eye. The English are not just tea-sipping, bowler-hatted city types. Not everyone has bad teeth as a result of eating bad food. Unlike the English portrayed in movies, England's inhabitants are not all villains and don't all dress as if they're acting in a period drama. Nor do they all journey in black cabs past red telephone boxes and castles, to thatched pubs to drink warm beer whilst discussing the weather and cricket with cheeky Cockneys and aristocrats. They're more than that...
The Oddball English has been written not only for visitors to Blighty but also for its inhabitants, as it holds up a mirror to some of the interesting, funny and odd aspects of life in England and the weird old ways of the English people.
In Annie Harrison's own words: 'In the writing of this book, I have embraced some of the typical characteristics of the English people. So the text, which I hope is informative, is delivered in a humorous, patronising, sarcastic, xenophobic, understated and condescending manner. Wherever possible, I have tried to ridicule the English. Being English myself, I'm well practiced in self-deprecation. So fun is poked, with the tip of an English umbrella, at accents, the class system, our national obsessions, our food and our leisurely exploits. Doubtless, people will be affronted and indignant. But if you are, I urge you to maintain a stiff upper lip and stoicly pretend that you are not, this being the English way.'
The book contains over 100 amusing links to YouTube video clips which depict the characteristics of the English people. These include Fawlty Towers, Mr Bean, Top Gear, Miranda, Catherine Tate, The Fast Show, Alan Partridge, The Office, Are You Being Served? and many more.
Annie is a promiscuous and voracious creative writer, constantly experimenting. She is passionate about literature, social anthropology, English humour and the English language. She also enjoys morris dancing, binge drinking and cheese rolling.
The Oddball English and Finding Mr Right are published on Kindle.