Welcome to the Anne Bennett official website where you can find information about Anne and all of her books.
to my new website. Here you will find details of who I am and how I
began a writing career that has now spanned over twenty years. During
that time I have made many friends including the most important
people, my loyal and fantastic fans. When I am doing any events I
will have details posted on the News & Events page as well as
contacting you on Facebook so as many as possible can come along. I
love giving talks because I like meeting my readers and it is lovely
to put a face to a name.
There will be a facility for you to ask questions but one question that pops up every so often is the one related to the Sullivan Series and for those of you not familiar with these books it was a series of four books written a few years ago and each one relates to a member or members of the same family. The books stand alone and can be read in any order, but because they are about the same family strands inter woven between the books, a reader may get more out of them if they are read in the order that they were written.
Series in order:
"10 Years since I began to walk"
It is now 10 years since I began to walk again after spending the previous 16 years 1990-2006 in a wheelchair. So many things happened to me when I was diagnosed as being disabled. The first and most upsetting was that I was invalided out of teaching, a job I thoroughly enjoyed, but all those years ago access for the disabled in the workplace was not what it is today. But having to give up teaching was as bad for me as being told I would never walk again. I felt cast adrift, not at all sure what to do with myself.
I had been writing bits for years and like many I would say that when the kids were older, or when I retired and had more time I would write a book. Now unexpectedly I had all the time in the world and so I began to write in earnest. It was like an apprenticeship because first I researched and wrote the origin of nursery rhymes, then short stories as suggested by the Writers’ magazine and then books featuring children like the ones I had taught. We moved from the Midlands to North Wales in 1993 and the following year I entered a Valentine’s Day competition and won second prize which was a year’s subscription to the Romantic Novelists’ Society (RNA).
I never heard of this but joined because they run a critique service and if a member submits a manuscript each September it is criticised by readers. The reader for my second submission told me to lose 40,000 words and send it straight to Headline. I did and in 1996 I had my first book accepted by them. Four books down the line, I parted company with Headline and Harper Collins asked me to join their lists.
The rest is history really. I wrote 16 books for Harper Collins and they released the back list and my 20th book overall will be released in January 2017 and called The Winter Waif. My story really illustrates the maxim that when one door shuts another opens.
Pack up Your Troubles Re- Released
Some years ago under Anne's previous publisher, she wrote four books (A little learning, A strong hand to hold, love me tender and pack up your troubles) these books have often been highly requested by you the fans and unfortunately they have been out of print for a long time however Anne's current publisher Harper Collins have bought the rights to these books and have published "A strong hand to hold" and "Love me tender".
Now on March 24th it's the turn of "Pack up Your Troubles", armed with a new cover the book is finally being re-published for a new audience to enjoy, simply click on the pre-order button to secure your copy and enjoy reading some of Anne's earlier work.
My new Book:
Now on to the new book, which will be out on 19th November and is called ‘Another Man’s Child’ thought up by my agent. This book initially tells a true story. My mother’s maiden name was Logue, her father was a farmer in an area known as Tawnagh which was not that far from Donegal Town. She was born in January 1910 the 11th child in a family of 12 and her sister Norah, who was always known as Delia, was 6 years older.
Her siblings grew up in a house that was very unusual for that time in rural Ireland when most houses were single storeyed dwellings of just two or three rooms, the building made of sod and whitewashed and with a thatched roof.
This was the Logue’s large Family House. It was made of brick and was double fronted, two storeyed and it has a slate roof . This was almost unique for it’s time and showed the Logue status in the community.
The daughters of a farmer of this standing would be expected to marry well I,e. a farmer. or the eldest son of a farmer, or a man that had a trade or business of some sort so that they could look after them properly, Little account was given to love and so when Delia fell in love with Andy, a hired hand, her father is enraged.
He tries various methods to keep them apart all documented here as my mother told it to me and he eventually sent her to their Aunt Maria in America, In real life there is no mother to plead for Delia because their mother had died when my mother was 7 and Delia 13.
My fictional Celia Mulligan did not go to America but did something equally daring to escape her father’s dominance. However, it is the end of a devastating war and the start of a big slump and Andy is moving away from the only work he has ever done to try something else... But it’s harder than he thinks and while he struggles Celia believes she has lost all that she holds dear.
So that’s the next book and I hope you enjoy it.
Read the first chapter FREE now on the NEW BOOK page
Another Man's Child OUT NOW
Another best-selling family drama from the author of If You Were the Only Girl and A Strong Hand to Hold.
Celia Mulligan is in love with farm hand Andy McCadden, but when Andy asks her to marry him and she accepts, her father is furious – no daughter of his will marry a mere hireling. Celia elopes with Andy and they make their way by ship to England. While on board, Celia meets a demure young woman called Annabel who tells her in confidence that a friend of her father forced himself upon her and she has since fallen pregnant.
Annabel plans to throw herself on her brother’s mercy and asks Celia if she will accompany her to Birmingham as her ladies maid. Without a job and with nothing to offer her, Andy encourages Celia to accept – he can find employment for himself and save for their future. But neither of them can foresee the events that will follow, and soon Celia will be forced to choose between the man she loves, and the love of a vulnerable child…
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