Monday 21 June 2021

Miller Street SW22 by Jude Hayland BLOG TOUR @judehayland @RandomTTours @matadorbooks #Win #Giveaway #Competition #Prize


A story of loss, love, guilt and ultimately hope and redemption, Miller Street SW22 follows a year in the lives of five neighbours who move into the street in the autumn of 2005, each brought to south west London for a new start. Catherine Wells, recently widowed, Sam Gough and his invalid wife, Lydia, and Violet Lawrence find themselves drawn together by Frances Chater into preparations for a centenary street party. The indomitable organiser, she compels them onto a committee and thus they begin to forge cautious friendships.

What they share with each other of their past lives, however, is limited. Both Catherine and Sam feel guilt for actions that haunt them whilst Frances has created a lie of a life, a substitute identity, in order to help her navigate the breakdown of her marriage. Only Violet, youthful and unfettered, is free of self-recrimination and duplicity. Meanwhile, in Brighton, Andrew Chater, Frances estranged husband, negotiates his new life in Pilgrim Square with his lover, Charlotte Prideaux, unaware that Frances is intent on destroying this relationship and regaining her place as his wife.

As the months pass and the date of the street party grows closer, Catherine, Sam and Frances are unaware of what lies ahead. For the past, they are to discover, is not as fixed and immovable as they have assumed. It can beguile. Ultimately, what is uncovered in the summer of 2006 offers each of them a future unimagined and an entirely new understanding of the past.

Miller Street SW22 by Jude Hayland was published in January 2021 by Matador.

As part of this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour, I am delighted to offer one copy as a prize. Entry is simple, just fill out the competition widget in this post. 
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One copy of Miller Street SW22 by Jude Hayland

Jude Hayland has been writing women's fiction for many years, successfully publishing numerous short stories for women's magazines such as Woman's Realm, Woman's Weekly, Fiction Feast and others here in the UK whilst abroad her work has appeared in magazines in Australia, South Africa, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. 

Graduating with an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing with distinction prompted Jude to switch her focus to longer fiction and she completed her first novel, TRUTH TO TELL, in 2013, as an eBook. She published her second novel, COUNTING THE WAYS, as a paperback in 2017 and is now working on her third. Writing within the genre of contemporary women's fiction, (although often set in the recent past)Jude's novels focus on relationships, family and the complexities that these bonds so often present in our lives. The novelists she most admires include - among so many others - Carol Shields, Anne Tyler, Margaret Forster, Penelope Lively and Linda Grant.

In addition to writing, Jude teaches creative writing classes, tutors drama, communication skills and English Literature. 

Born in London, Jude now lives in Winchester, Hampshire, but spends a great deal of time at a family house in north west Crete which was the inspiration for one of the settings in her current novel.

Twitter @judehayland

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