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:
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.
Another Man's Child (Released this November)
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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