Buy The Book (2)

12 Feb

 

The Houses on the Green is the story of a small community living in terraced property in the Ardwick area of Manchester, and is set in the late 1950s. 
Their homes lie on the edge of a clearance area and have been subject to a compulsory purchase order. The owner of the five properties, an ex-army officer, leads the fight to save them.  He is backed by the other residents: a young single mother, a Jewish couple who fled Austria just before Hitler entered Vienna, a hard-working secretary in the city centre and a slow-witted young man coping alone after the death of his parents.  Each of the characters bring their own strengths to the conflict. They take the fight to the Town Hall and encounter a planning officer with old scores to settle.  
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Set at a time when massive slum clearances were taking place in most major cities, the story is a realistic representation of life in Britain in the Fifties.
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Currently living on the edge of a reservoir in Stockport, Eileen has worked variously as a barmaid, interpreter, secretary to an MP and as a teacher. Eileen travels extensively, frequently alone, both in Europe and farther afield; Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Cuba. She has had work published in Good Housekeeping, was winner of a local short story writing competition and has had a poem displayed in Stockport Art Gallery. 
 
  
 
Eileen is a friend of mine and kindly let me read the book before publication.  It’s a real page-turner!  The book’s strength lies in the well-drawn characters.  I found myself really caring about these people and their fight.  So much so, I demanded that Eileen write at least one sequel, and preferably more. 
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If you have ever lived in or around Manchester you will enjoy the references to real places.
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You can purchase a copy from Eileen’s website
 
Alternatively, she is launching the book at Stockport Art Gallery on Sunday, February 20th, from one o’clock to three.  Pat Fox-Leonard will read excerpts.  If you would like to own a signed copy of The Houses on the Green, or to hear a good book read well, please come along.
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You can also read excerpts here.
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Come on Manchester, let’s do everything we can to support a local author!
 
 
 

4 Responses to “Buy The Book (2)”

  1. vivinfrance at 16:19 #

    Thanks for this, Tilly – I’ve ordered a copy to be sent to Sally – they’ll be home late tomorrow.

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    • Tilly Bud at 12:53 #

      I bet you’ll be happier once they’re on this side of the planet.

      Thanks for supporting a new writer. xx

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  2. Cindy at 11:01 #

    Sounds a worthwhile purchase, will have to wait for month-end though, I have an expensive weekend coming up.

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