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Janet Ellis will Discuss and Sign her Novel, How It Was

Presenter and Novelist, Janet Ellis will Discuss and Sign her Novel, How It Was

  • Tue Oct 08, 2019 - 19:30
  • David's Bookshop

‘You will love this – immersive, amazing, remarkable, I could barely breathe. I cried – and I never

cry.’  Marian Keyes


‘Janet Ellis writes with tenderness and wisdom…I veered between laughter and a lump in the throat, often on the same page. This book will sneak up behind you and break your heart.’

Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID

Marion Deacon is a wife and mother, and not particularly good at being either; the Swinging 60s, the wave of 70s feminism, the prospect of an exciting life, have all swerved past her. Reading her teenage daughter’s diary, it seems that Sarah is on the threshold of getting everything her mother Marion was denied, and Marion cannot bear it - what she does next has terrible and heart-breaking consequences for the whole family…With shades of Zoë Heller and Claire Fuller, Janet Ellis writes of the exquisite pain of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the complexity of family love, and depicts a mother and daughter relationship that is as memorable as it is utterly believable.


Janet Ellis, actress, presenter and author, trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Best known for presenting Blue Peter, she stars in numerous radio and TV programmes and in 2018 appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in a successful month long run of Makes, Bakes and Outtakes, a play celebrating sixty years of Blue Peter. In 2016 Janet was awarded an MBE for services to charities and theatre. A graduate of the Curtis Brown creative writing course, her debut novel, The Butcher's Hook, was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.