News first of the winners of the competition. Congratulations to Susan Staples from Yorkshire and Mary James from Kent. I’ll be sending the books on to you directly. Launch day was so exciting! I joined with everyone - it felt like the whole world, and took me right out of my normal writing day - a real reality check for just how much the sagas have resonated with people and their family lives. Thank you everyone for a fantastic paperback publishing day! Now, for those who are new to the books, a little bit more about them.
My stories are set in London's East End and tell of the tough lives they lived in the first half of the twentieth century. The breathtaking storylines of the TV soap “EastEnders” have us all spellbound. Well, it isn’t so different for ‘my’ islanders (Isle of Dogs where Walford is set) who had to contend not only with the topics we see covered in the popular soap - poverty, unemployment, family drama, crime, drugs and alcohol abuse - but two World Wars as well.
In both wars, many islanders volunteered for the BEF, the infamous British Expeditionary Force, believing the conflicts would be over in a matter of days or months. Tragically, a high percentage of them lost their lives in both major conflicts. The Blitz of 1940/41 flattened docklands. Whoever would believe that where the gleaming tower on Canary Wharf now stands amidst the luxury dwellings, was once a dockland community pummelled into the ground by high explosive bombs. So the books reflect the losses, the loves, the enduring spirits and the stories of Eastender bravery and courage that I hope will keep you riveted to the page as much as the TV screen!
Once again, thank you so much for being there on this special week, enjoying the celebrations with me.
Lots of love as always, Carol x