Looking at the extraordinary event which was for and by the people, this book is full of first hand interviews, anecdotes and spirited feats.
Janie Hampton was born in London in 1952. After her mother, the writer Verily Anderson, was widowed, she supported her five children by writing fiction & non-fiction; books for children & adult; plays and articles. Janie woke every morning to the sound of a typewriter, and learned that the only way to get anything published is to get on and write! She also learned that you have to write a lot of unpublished books and articles too. She sent her first book to a publisher when she was ten. It was not published, but the publisher sent an encouraging letter.
Janie's first published book was a child care manual for schools in sub-Saharan Africa, called 'Happy Healthy Children', in 1985. She wrote it because she needed a book like that while working in Zimbabwe - and there wasn't one available.
Since then she has written over a dozen books - long and short; fiction & non-fiction; for adults and children. She finds writing hard work, but enjoys the results, especially when readers write nice letters to her.
Her latest book 'Rationing and Revelry - the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953' is her first e-book. She liked the fact that within days of finishing the book, it was published and available to readers.
When she is not writing, Janie enjoys playing with her grandchildren, walking in woods with her husband, and raising funds for the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust, a charity she founded in 2009 to renovate Africa's oldest ship into a clinic for Lake Malawi.www.chauncymaples.com