Immersed in a sea of Barbour wearers and waves of Daily Mail readers, Maddie Grigg charts the highs and lows of a Dorset year as she attempts to swim against the tide in the lively and lovely village of Lush Places. From singing groups, book clubs and point-to-point, not to mention election wars, the village has it all.
A quiet rebel, Maddie is married to a charmer, a man with whom men want to get drunk and women fall in love. Her diary is a story of love, trust and friendship. Inspired by and taken from the affectionate and amusing Blog of Note, The World From My Window, the novella will make you smile and leave you yearning for a life more simple. But you might never eat another pasty again.
Once upon a time, I began to write about the place in Dorset where I live. It’s a quirky little village, typically English, where the weird and wonderful happens all the time. The characters are based on my friends and neighbours and, in real life, they’ve actually started referring to themselves by their blog names.
It’s not about poking fun, it’s a celebration of living in a rural village where neighbours, despite their differences, really do become good friends. The only figures of fun are the characters based on me and my long suffering husband who provides me with inspiration on a daily basis.
Google chose my online diary, The World from My Window, as a Blog of Note and it attracted a huge following. I even had a pair of Canadian ladies turn up at my front door for a tour of Lush Places. Ever polite, I invited them in for a cup of tea but I drew the line at showing them around the village when they complained about the cake and said my house was rather small.
Since then, the blog has become more and more popular, with Saga magazine naming me in September as one of their top 50 bloggers over 50.
This year, on a grown-up gap year in Corfu (that’s another story) I finally got round to writing a book inspired by the blog. I’ve gone into hiding because while a lot of what’s in the book really happened, much of it didn’t. There is a vague plotline in there somewhere which I’ve used to bind the daily goings-on together, which will come as something of a surprise to my blog readers.
Still, I think I might have got away with it. Copies are selling like hot books in the village shop and Waterstones want me to do a signing at the start of the Bridport Literary Festival in November. So I shall by winding my way home after twelve months away from my beloved Dorset. I just hope the locals are friendly.
*A Year in Lush Places: Tales from England’s Rural Underbelly by Maddie Grigg is published by The Bridport Press for Kindle and paperback at £6.99 and is available from Amazon or The Book Depository, which offers free delivery worldwide.
Maddie is giving away 2 copies of her new book to one U.S. reader and one U.K. reader.
Here’s how to enter:
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The winner will be chosen the following Monday.