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Born in London in 1959, I'm a teacher, now part-time, in Bristol where I graduated at the university in English in 1980. I'm married to Sarah with one child, Rob. My love of Bristol, I hope, comes through in 'Love Reading'. Bristolian, or ex-Bristolian, readers will recognise many of its settings even though I have given them made-up names, as I want readers anywhere to be able to imagine the novel's events could happen where they live.
Although my membership of the wonderful Saint Matthew's church (Kingsdown, Bristol) since 1995, and its lovely book group since about 2003 contributed to inspire me to write the novel in 2011, I must stress that there is no similarity between any of my characters and real people!
I hope readers enjoy the way I've weaved through the story the books read by the book group in the novel. I think readers will love to recognise characters from books they've read - including some they may have forgotten ... like bumping into old friends - and also find it fun to be introduced to books not yet read. I hope they enjoy the chapter based in Sicily, too. I loved visiting all the fascinating places that are described in that chapter in the early 1990s.
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