I was born Audrey Cooper just before the war and brought up in Macclesfield, Cheshire where I was educated at Macclesfield Grammar School for Girls. My first job was in The District Bank in Macclesfield but soon after I married we moved to Southport in Lancashire and from there to East Lothian in Scotland where I now live.
Before I started to write I had a varied career as a nurse, a teacher of needlework in an girls' Approved School and for a few years I ran a restaurant and gift shop. Throughout all this activity I have been a foster mother to more than twenty young people. And always, I wrote - Letters to newspapers, articles for magazines but not until I was fifty and my three children were grown up did I attempt to write a longer work. My first novel, The Moses Child, won a prize at the Scottish Association of Writers annual competition and was published by Transworld as a Bantam hardback and Corgi paperback imprints. Transworld also published my second and third novels - Praise for the Morning and Alice Davenport. My fourth and fifth novels, Wise Child and The Weeping Tree were published by Piatkus.
My husband took early retirement and we moved to France where we spent eight happy years, restoring an old farmhouse and getting to know old French Resistance members to research my latest novel, Madame Liberté. Madame Liberté is available as an ebook download on Smashwords. The previous five novels will soon be joining her. All can be found in print versions via Amazon.com. Next,I plan to write about the years of fostering and the lovely young people who came into our care. Many of my foster children keep in touch, one foster daughter lives near to me to this day but I would dearly love to hear from the ones who have lost touch and who remember the happy times we had as a family, in Southport and in Edinburgh.
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Alice had responsibilities for the younger children after their mother died and their Papa left for the Boer War. At a Victory Ball she falls for Captain Freddie Blackshaw and meets Karl, an Austro-Hungarian who becomes obsessed and determined to take her to Prague. WW1 comes and with her brothers fighting with the British, Alice finds herself stranded on the enemy side in deadly danger.
Set in a Northern Mill town where reputation matters and gossip can ruin a woman's life, Lily and her mother struggle to survive with their respectability intact. Lily senses undercurrents among her elders but cannot understand the ties that bind the Stanways, Hammonds and Chancellors until the facade of inheritance, blood and property threatens to collapse and draw the three families to ruin.
The Weeping Tree
Young Flora MacDonald jumps from the balcony of an Edinburgh reform school and falls, literally into the arms of Andrew Stewart, a sailor on leave at the outbreak of WW2.They fall in love but the tides of war separate them. Flora and Andrew have only their faith in one another to help them but someone is intent on keeping them apart.
Françoise was a student in Paris when war was declared. As Madame Liberté she was recruited into the Resistance, escorting men on the run through occupied France. Under the noses of the enemy and her bullying husband she leads a secret life of danger and forbidden love. The story sweeps the reader from Paris to Germany, Russia and Edinburgh where her grandson uncovers his family's heritage.
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