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About Sheila Patel
Sheila Patel was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. She is the youngest of 7 children. Born into a traditional Punjabi family she went on to study Engineering at Leeds Polytechnic and John Moores University. She later obtained an MBA from the University of Liverpool.
After working at British Aerospace for several years, she became interested in working with young people and ran a successful training company in Liverpool city centre for over ten years.
She discovered her passion for writing later in life, having spent magical moments with her huge family and lovely nieces. She saw and experienced many things growing up in 70's Britain. Comedy and humour played a huge role in her life and she loved all the funny things that Indians do daily, to adapt to the British way of life.
Sheila now lives on the Wirral with her Professor husband, two boys and a huge dog.
Sheila and her family spent 2006/2007 working in Wuxi, China on a project involving bamboo!
You can connect with Sheila on Twitter @vodkawardrobe
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Still light-hearted and witty, book 5 starts in December 2019 with the General Elections. Aunt Sheila is deciding whether she should wear her peach coloured jacket to the first winter elections in one hundred years.
Boris Johnson's landslide win brings the usual customers into the little corner shop to have their say on the new weird haired Prime Minister. The girls continue to drink in the wardrobe with the funny little Sikh barman, Bachittar, who keeps the magical wardrobe spotlessly clean as the virus in Wuhan becomes ever more threatening.
We have Shaz and Trace becoming more environmentally conscious. They even try to recycle their old clothes in the old wardrobe and avoid the fast fashion of Primark. They begin to follow Greta, the climate activist but it's Mrs Singh who prays to the portrait of Greta daily.
The local thrash metal band are wearing Witcher costumes and entertaining the clientele in the local Dog & Drum public house. We have Christmas, New Year, Megxit and a Royal visit to the hilly town in Yorkshire.
We still have the lovesick Rajeev trying to win over the lovely Shaz, unfortunately he is still living in the caravan (RV) on the enormous grassy roundabout with his pal Gypo Bob. We have Odin Trevor, the ex-jailbird pigeon fanatic teaching Rajeev the tango while trying to stay on the good side of Mad Mush Martha, mother to all the sodding little Avengers.
Read as a standalone or go back to the start, either way this little series is guaranteed to brighten up your day. Released at a time when the world needs a lift, we even have a guest chapter from the much talented Bjorn Larssen, look out for yippinglish and the Cheeky girls.
Books 1,2,3 & 4 are available on Amazon
You can follow me on Twitter @vodkawardrobe
Dedicated to all the shopkeepers, and everyone who stayed home, played their part and followed the science …
Follow Aunt Sheila as she scribbles down her secret thoughts from the small corner shop. Hilarious and everything you wanted to know about the outbreak from Boris the PM, the Chancellor’s new furlough scheme, school closures, panic buying and baking bread.
Hilarious, no holds barred, from Wuhan to Yorkshire, follow Aunt Sheila’s itemised diary on the little Northern estate, it’s odd folk and the pub closures.
The Diary contains a free copy of ‘The Magic Vodka Wardrobe’ series, Book 5.
Mrs Singh would give anything for a wedding proposal for her daughters, then the mysterious text arrives, something about juicy mango's? Will Shaz accept or just visit the Magic Vodka Wardrobe where she can drink and dance with her sister Trace and Aunt Sheila?
As Rogue One hits the cinema, George Lucas is back from Uni, but will he catch the eye of the knicker-less shop girl, Sheryl?
Martha starts a new waxing business from her back kitchen while her little Avengers terrorise the street. We also meet Betina, the dog walker and the homeless Skinny Rita as they do whisky shots at the community centre with Dammit Janet the local Buddhist nun.
As Storm Doris wreaks havoc, Martha chases the wheelie bin full of empty tins of cider down the street. The wardrobe shakes and Shaz and Trace dance to Stormzy as the hairy barman Bachittar watches from behind the counter…. Sighing.
Yes, we are back in the crazy world of Sheila Patel. And all is good. Well, nearly.
The usual suspects are up to their usual reprehensible tricks. Flying chuppels and flip-flops make way for happy times at the Leeds Road police station. Letters to James Bond segue seamlessly into cricket, Shaz’s birthday celebrations, Diwali fireworks, bobble hats and ghee. further generous helpings of Indian diaspora insanity, in other words, and … oh, did I mention a wedding? I’m sure there was one in there somewhere.
I have now consumed (in large glasses, and with no ice) all three ‘Vodka’ offerings, and there is as yet no sign of the author’s invention flagging. These are truly ‘feel good’ books for the comatose generation.
Grab one – any one – and dive in.
Recommended for a hangover (giving you one, that is, not curing it). Warning: Contains nuts, and the occasional goat.
The series continues with Shaz and Mother visiting Kirsty in Sydney. Meanwhile in the UK, Trace and her Aunt Sheila are stuck in the magical wardrobe waiting for the 'Beast from the East' to pass.
Mr & Mrs Singh continue to run the corner shop, listen to their complaining customers and pray that by some miracle the girls land suitable husbands. We have our daily coverage of current affairs such as Brexit, the Cave Boys rescue, #O2Down, Moon landings and many more including the Christmas number one hit!
The girls celebrate the Royal wedding and the World Cup with the local community including favourites such as Mad Martha, Tattoo Tony, Rajeev and Gypo Bob. The Gods of Leather even play the entire Quadrophenia album and drive the new landlord Dave up the wall with their ‘end of the world’ apocalypse theories.
We also see Sheryl giving birth to baby Carrie and see her in one of Shaz's newly printed T-shirts saying, 'Pumping & Dumping -World’s Worst Mum'. Sheryl is also the karaoke queen during the Greatest Showman sing-along week.
For fans of football, heavy metal, shoes, cocktails and current affairs. We even have a guest chapter by John Dolan, king of satire and internationally acclaimed Crime/Thriller writer.
‘I've never read a story quite like this, but it was such fun I consumed it in one sitting. As we are introduced to the well observed, larger than life characters I felt I was watching a very British sit-com. We have Bradford, a corner shop, wacky characters, shopping at Primani, a knickerless caravan dweller, dozens of shoes and plenty of booze’ Amazon Review
A corner shop, a lottery machine and a bamboo bike ….
Shaz and Trace balance spreadsheets by day, but by night drink vodka and dance with their crazy Aunt Sheila in the magical wardrobe.
As the country is hit with Brexit fever, mother has her bags packed in case she gets deported whilst gossiping with the likes of Tattoo Tony, Mad Mush Martha and Dammit Janet.
Shaz is doing her best to avoid the creepy centre-parted Rajeev and his pet goat. However, her sister Trace is drawn to the charms of the lovely Channing Chopra who is from the posh end of town.
A short story of drinking and dancing while the strange barman Bachittar watches on… tutting …