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About Gillian Parsons
I am a retired Investment Banker who worked in The City of London for 28 years. I live in North Yorkshire with my husband Steve.
I have been creating alternative reality fiction for many years but due to pressure of work was unable to put pen to paper until being forced to take ill health retirement in 2004.
My latest work “Uncoupled” is my fifth published novel. Previously I have written extensively for the stage and have had two short plays staged at the Stephen Joseph Theatre where I studied stage writing. Prior to that, I studied “Screenwriting for Film & TV” at Hull University, Scarborough Campus which sadly, is now closed.
I am proud that due to my attention to detail and research my novels are educational as well as; I hope so anyway; fun. All legal & political facts in my works are 100% accurate and the “situations” though of course fictionalised have a hint of truth.
For instance, in my first book “TPYM” the cover is an actual photo of 11 Downing Street. The second book “Family Ties” bears a photo of the plaque at “Northstead Manor” the politically famous one of course! “According to Laura” has a photo of the London Eye, just down the Thames from Parliament. As you read the novel, you’ll see it’s symbolic as nothing in the story ‘ever quite makes it’.
The cover of my latest book was inspired by representations of atoms that appear on our TV news so regularly. The names are ‘coupled’ or not as you will discover… Rachel being the nucleus.
Prime Minister Giles has cancelled Brexit and the Country teeters on the edge of unrest as the Government struggles on. Giles himself is in hospital because he maintains that he has no memory of the last two years of his life including the momentous decision he took.
The title ‘According To Laura’ comes from Laura Duck, one of the principal characters who, as the title suggests is our ally and ‘the voice of reason’.
The main players, one by one encounter forces greater than Brexit.
We await the birth of Giles and Polly’s baby, the son and heir that Giles longs for… or perhaps he isn’t?
Graham Merritt, Giles’ Home Secretary and his family have two ‘causes for celebration’ and one immense sorrow as he is forced to resign from his senior Cabinet Post. Will he survive?
We meet Laura, the Secretary of State for the Environment and Climate Change. She is loyal and conscientious and together with her friend Kathryn Mitchell, the Health Secretary helps to maintain a calming influence as the rocky Luscombe government stumbles on, each day nearer to the cliff edge that is Brexit.
‘The Day’ arrives and Giles has to make a momentous decision.
That is, except three older boys at his prep school who terrorised younger pupils. Especially anyone they considered ‘different’. Blond, handsome Giles was a prime target. On his first day, Giles was being beaten by the chief bully; when a bespectacled nervous looking dark haired boy that he had never seen before, joined in the fray. Between them, they sent the bully to hospital. This day changed the boys’ lives for ever.
Giles and his ‘saviour’ were sent to the Headmaster and consequently were introduced. Giles told James (who has Asperger’s Syndrome) about his dream. The Headmaster said that James was top of the class in Economics, which was not a subject that Giles liked, so Giles promised him that one day, when the dream came true, he would make his new friend, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
I enjoyed reading the novel. It was fun and intriguing with an interesting twist to the story. A light hearted read, with a different view on politics.
Mrs Maureen Goodwill
(Wife of Robert Goodwill MP)
Reading Gillian’s first novel it shows that she has a passion for politics, tales with a twist and clearly has done research of all the elements of her story.
The fact that the author has Asperger’s Syndrome along with her main character James, she gives emotional understanding to the person that she created.
Jonathan C Simmons
Constituency Organiser, Scarborough & Whitby Conservative Association