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‘If there is one book  you should read this year, it is this one!‘ This is one of the wonderful previews being posted about my third novel,  The Poppy Factory, which is published on 28th August (see Great Book Escapes).

(US readers, I am waiting for confirmation that my US publisher, Sourcebooks, will publish The Poppy Factory, but it might be a while. I’ll keep you posted.)

The novel was inspired by this year’s anniversary of WW1, but it also has a very contemporary theme, featuring a woman army medic who served in Afghanistan.  My UK publisher, Harper Collins Avon, is generously making a donation for every paperback copy sold to The Poppy Factory charity, to help support their excellent work in helping disabled veterans back into work and normal lives. You can listen to my interview for BBC Essex about the research I did for this book about 11’50 in.

There have been some amazing reviews. So please order your copy now!

I shall be out and about over the coming weeks doing talks and signings  and would love to see you  (for more events please click here).

Wednesday 27th August: THE POPPY FACTORY book signing at Waterstones, Buttermarket, Bury St Edmunds , IP33 1DW, 11 – 1pm.

Friday 29th August: THE POPPY FACTORY, talk and book signing at Landers Bookshop, Long Melford, 1 – 3pm

Saturday 30th August: THE POPPY FACTORY book signing at Red Lion Books, Colchester 11 – 1pm

Saturday 30th August: THE POPPY FACTORY talk and book signing at Hitcham Poppy Festival, Hitcham near Stowmarket, Suffolk 3.30pm

Saturday 6th September: THE POPPY FACTORY book signing at Waterstones, High Street, Colchester, 12 – 1pm

Tuesday 23 September at 9.30am: Colne and Colchester Embroiderers at First Site, Colchester CO1 1JH

Wednesday 24th September at 7.30 pm: THE POPPY FACTORY, talk and book signing at Hadleigh Library, Hadleigh, Suffolk

Tuesday 30 September: THE POPPY FACTORY, talk and book signing at Great Cornard Library, Sudbury, Suffolk 10.30 am

Tuesday 30 September: THE POPPY FACTORY, talk and book signing at Sudbury Library, Sudbury, Suffolk 2pm

Saturday 4th October: Quilters’ Guild London Regional Day, (Central London venue and time tbc)

Thursday 9th October: Colchester Central Library book group at 10am.

Thursday 9th October: Sudbury 95 Club at 7.30pm.

Saturday 18th October: Felixstowe Library 2.30pm