Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m very excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Caroline England’s debut novel, ‘Beneath The Skin’. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, and I also have an exclusive guest post by Caroline herself to share with you – all about her favourite books! Thanks so much to Avon for the opportunity! So, keep reading…
Three women. Three secrets.
Antonia is beautiful and happily married. Her life is perfect. So why does she hurt herself when nobody’s watching?
Sophie is witty, smart and married to the best-looking man in town. She likes a drink, but who doesn’t?
Olivia is pretending to be a happy wife and mother. But her secret could tear her family apart.
Their lies start small, they always do. But if they don’t watch out, the consequences will be deadly.
About the Author
Caroline England is a writer and former divorce lawyer born in Yorkshire, UK and now based in Manchester. Her fiction has appeared in various literary magazines, and her short story collection ‘Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses’ was published in 2012. ‘Beneath The Skin’ is her first novel, and was published on 5th October 2017.
Guest Post: Caroline’s Top 5 Favourite Books
My family know I’m incapable of naming my favourite anything without giving it hours, if not weeks, of thought, so these aren’t necessarily my all time top books. But the following are on my bookcase and make me smile:
1) The Rattle Bag edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. My copy is pretty battered from dipping in and out over the years. Just opening it now randomly, I’m on page 416. Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc is squashed between a Chinese poet and Emily Dickinson. Coincidentally I had to learn Tarantella for choral verse speaking at school. I’m still almost word perfect! My only complaint about this wonderful poetry collection is the absence of poems by the editors. They both happen to be my favourite poets!
2) The Camomile Lawn et al by Mary Wesley. I love the fact Mary Wesley wasn’t published until she was seventy. This makes me feel very young after all! I devoured all these books when they were published. I loved the quirky characters and surprisingly risqué storylines.
3) Case Histories et al By Kate Atkinson. It’s wonderful that a lauded literary writer like Kate Atkinson was happy to turn to crime! I aspire to her blend of contemporary literary and crime fiction in the Jackson Brodie novels. One of the reviews of Case Histories said it was a ‘wonderfully tricky book’. If that’s ever said of mine, I’ll die happy! The television adaptations were great and the casting of Jason Isaacs as the world weary but attractive Jackson was inspired!
4) Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. It’s the annotated copy I studied for my English Lit O Level. I’ve never read it again, but whenever it catches my eye, it evokes such fond memories of my Upper VA classroom and all the banter I had with my friends. Most of us had already seen the original film, so there was much discussion of whether one was in the Gabriel Oak or Sergeant Troy (or possibly Joseph Poorgrass – what a fabulous name!) camp. A tough choice with such handsome actors, but Alan Bates had the edge. I recently watched the 2015 version. I was prepared to hate the usurper Gabriel, but he wasn’t too bad either!
5) Wolf Comes to Town by Denis Manton. This children’s picture book is about a wolf who dresses in human clothing to hoodwink his gullible victims. He steals guitars, saucepans, lamb chops, ice-cream and valuable art. Pet cats began to disappear, then dogs and ducks and finally an obnoxious little boy called Bernard. I must have read this book a million times to my daughters. They were thrilled that the wolf got away!
Happy reading 🙂