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PUBLISHED: 11:37 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:37 08 June 2015

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EXG JUL 15 Books

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Interview with author Susan Wilkins

Susan Wilkins is originally from Southend, but grew up in Billericay. She is a former television script writer, having worked on Coronation Street, EastEnders and Casualty. Her debut novel, The Informant, was published in November 2014. Her next novel, The Mourner, will be released later this year.

1. Have you always known you wanted to write?

I have always written without ever questioning it – whether stories as a child or bad poetry as a teenager – and I’ve kept a journal since I was about 13. But I also fell in love with movies too, hence my detour into screenwriting.

2. Which writers have influenced you the most?

It’s impossible to list them all. Television and film often led me to books. I read War and Peace (all of it) at 16 because I’d seen it on the telly. In terms of crime writing Sherlock Holmes was a benchmark (I re-read his stories when I’m in bed with the flu; he’s my comfort read). Later I got into Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard and George V Higgins. I’m a big fan of Minette Walters, George Pelecanos and Lee Child too. All of these are, in my view, proper storytellers.

3. What are your three desert island books?

I would pick George Eliot’s Middlemarch, The Dream of a Common Language – poems 1974-77 by Adrienne Rich and Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room’

REVIEW
The Magical Beeley Bugs by Emma R. McNally

Emma is a children’s author and illustrator. She lives in Great Baddow.

The Magical Beeley Bugs is a charming children’s story continuing the adventures of Harold and Lamb, a pair of toys who get up to all sorts of adventures after their human companions are asleep. In this adventure, they encounter the Beeley Bugs, a group of magical creatures who use their noses to change the colours of flowers, creating beautiful blooms.

The book has a rhyming scheme that will ensure that reading it aloud to children will be a joy, and the humour of the book will definitely appeal to little ones.

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Release Date: March 2015

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781508577348

REVIEW

The Replacement by Patrick Redmond

Patrick Redmond attended Felsted School. The Replacement is his fifth novel.

The Replacement tells the story of an affluent family, the Randalls. Robert, Caroline and their twin sons, James and Thomas, have all the money and status they could ever want, but make a fatal error in allowing Stuart, a hapless loser, into their home.

This is a tense and chilling thriller that is written with expertise and superb characterisation, and an excellent sense of foreboding permeates the entire book. Redmond has written a story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

Publisher: Sphere

Release Date: May 2015 (Paperback)

Price: £8.99

ISBN: 978075155891

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