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The Sun's Companion
by Kathleen Jones

It's 1935. Tamar Fell has no family - or so she's been told - and she relies on the friends she makes as she's dragged from lodging house to lodging house by her mother - the reckless, beautiful Sadie. Then Tamar meets Anna Weissmann, exiled from her own family by European politics, and they forge a friendship that will last through bereavement, failed love affairs, internment, betrayal, and the dislocations of war.

'It is written with such passion and attention to detail that I slipped away easily into the worlds of Tamar and Anna. It reads like novels written by authors like Josephine Cox and Catherine Cookson that I love to read.' Pink Fox

'Wartime North Shields and Cumbria are the well-wrought backgrounds to this compelling novel about two very different young women growing up through dramatic times. Poet and biographer Kathleen Jones's move into fiction should be celebrated by readers and writers alike.' Wendy Robertson, best-selling author of Sandie Shaw and the Millionth Marvel Cooker, Land of Our Possession,and Kitty Rainbow.

'I'm not entirely sure how to describe this novel other than to say I loved it! Not literary fiction, not genre fiction, almost the novelisation of a book of modern history, with characters I came to care about and scenes that were vivid and real. . . I don't think I've ever read anything that has immersed me so thoroughly in time and place. These people must be real and I'm sure if I go and visit the area, these farms will actually exist! Utterly gripping and I didn't want it to end.' Debbie Bennett, best-selling author of Hamelin's Child and Edge of Dreams. IEBR Review.

Margaret Forster: A Life In Books

by Kathleen Jones

Margaret Forster is one of the UK's most prolific and respected authors. Born in Cumbria to working class parents in 1938, she wrote her first novel at the age of twenty two. Since then she has published 24 novels (and has another on the way), as well as 9 non-fiction titles - a mixture of award-winning biography and memoir. Her books are all very different - there has never been a formula to attract readers - and perhaps this is the secret of her success. Kathleen Jones, a biographer, poet and fellow Cumbrian, explores Margaret's books against the background of her life; a life divided between the quiet hills of the Lake District and the busy capital city London; between the demands of a lively family, and her own writing career. A Life in Books sets out to answer the questions readers most often want to ask. How has Margaret managed to sustain her career from the nineteen sixties best-seller 'Georgy Girl', to the Orange Prize listed 'Over' in 2006, without doing any of the author events or publicity stunts that publishers expect? Where did the idea for 'Diary of an Ordinary Woman' come from? How autobiographical are her novels? Does Margaret prefer writing biography or fiction? Is she a feminist? And above all, how has she accomplished the juggling act of family and career through a marriage that has lasted more than fifty years? Written originally with an Arts Council grant and published by Northern Lights, the book has now been updated to include all Margaret Forsterís recent publications, including illustrations, and is re-published with the authorís full consent.


by Charles Holmes

A critical account of the work of John Constable by one time director of the National gallery Sir Charles Holmes. A landscape painter himself he gives an illuminating account of the development of Constables art. He writes in great detail about the paintings, Constables vision of painting and his place in the development of landscape painting. His own experience as a working painter and his passion for art give him the sort of insight that is so often missing in academic art historians. These days Constable tends to be overlooked in favour of Turner but Holmes puts a strong case for Constable being the true genius of European Landscape painting. Though this books was written in 1901 it still has much relevance today for anyone interested in painting.

Kathleen Jones

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