Like most families, life was a struggle after the Second World War. Her
parents worked hard to make ends meet but held their heads high. As far
as Avril and her brother were concerned, they felt privileged and were
brought up with lots of love, honesty and respect.
Avril has held jobs with major companies throughout her career,
among them a large international company in Glasgow city centre and
Thames Television in London. She moved to Surrey in 1971 with her
husband and baby son. Within the next 6 years, the family were blessed
with two daughters.
She is now a grandmother and has retired to the Surrey countryside. As
well as having many interests includingmusic,
travel, theatre and the arts,she hasalways loved writing
and has 'at last' found the time to write her novels.
Avril's TV drama film 'Broken
was made in February 2012 at Elstree Studios.
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repeated an hour later on Sky Showcase +1 (Channel 235). It will be
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60, is an author who only turned to writing after retiring from her
job in television for Thames TV at Teddington Lock. She now lives in
Addlestone but was a resident of Kingston for 30 years and has based
her second book, Chasiní That Carrot, on a couple who move to
the borough after the Second World War. She spoke to reporter Alita
you turn to writing?
always said I should write a book but I never found the time
before I retired. Iíve always enjoyed writing, I suppose I inherited
it from my dad. He always used to write down his experiences about
the war to help us out
with school projects.
writing letters and people always seem to enjoy reading them as
well, so I carried on from there. I was only going to do the one but
found myself writing the sequel.
How did the
sequel come about?
letters from all over the world after the first book, Whatís For
Ye Wonít Go By Ye and it is now being published in India and
Russia. It was lovely to have such nice feedback.
book went up to the 1960s so I decided to carry it on from there
until the present day.
What are the
book followed a young girl in Glasgow, who was born after the Second
It tells her
familyís story into the 1950s and the pop era of the 60s, before she
meets someone and falls in love. The sequel explores what happens to
the couple after that.
Scotland in 1971 and was nervous about getting details about the
area wrong, so I decided to move the
character to Surrey so I could write
about places I knew about.
No, but they
are inspired by my own memories and experiences of the people and
places I remember.
are fictional but I have drawn on things that happened during those
years and elaborated on them to form the story.
Did you have
to do a lot of research about Kingston in the 1970s and 80s?
I lived in
Kingston for 30 years so I used my memories of the area, such as the
famous power station
Bentalls, taking trips on the river to Hampton Court Palace and the
old Three Fishes pub.
be a third book to create a trilogy?
keeps saying that to me. Chasiní That Carrot follows the
couple right up until the present day, but my husband said there is
always scope to branch off.
I donít know
when Iíll have time now with three grandchildren though.
Chasiní that Carrot,
published by Pneuma Springs Publishing, is out now.