Delighted to share the news about the latest release from one of my favourite authors, Judith Barrow with The Memory.
About the book
Mother and daughter tied together by shame and secrecy, love and hate.
I wait by the bed. I move into her line of vision and it’s as though we’re watching one another, my mother and me; two women – trapped.
Today has been a long time coming. Irene sits at her mother’s side waiting for the right moment, for the point at which she will know she is doing the right thing by Rose.
Rose was Irene’s little sister, an unwanted embarrassment to their mother Lilian but a treasure to Irene. Rose died thirty years ago, when she was eight, and nobody has talked about the circumstances of her death since. But Irene knows what she saw. Over the course of 24 hours their moving and tragic story is revealed – a story of love and duty, betrayal and loss – as Irene rediscovers the past and finds hope for the future.
“…A book that is both powerful and moving, exquisitely penetrating. I am drawn in, empathising so intensely with Irene that I feel every twinge of her frustration, resentment, utter weariness and abiding love.” Thorne Moore
“Judith Barrow’s greatest strength is her understanding of her characters and the times in which they live; The Memory is a poignant tale of love and hate in which you will feel every emotion experienced by Irene.” Terry Tyler
The new novel from the bestselling author of the Howarth family saga
Head over to pre-order the book for March 19th : Amazon UK
And: Amazon US
Also by Judith Barrow
My review for the three first Howarth Family novels
I read all three books in the series over the holidays and each one brought that time in our history to life.Living in the Shadows brought closure to some of the mysteries and events that took place in the previous two decades. But, it also opened the door to more challenges and story lines for the main characters that are now parents and grand-parents themselves.
The books are exceptionally well researched and brought each decade vividly to life. The story unfolds seamlessly from book to book and I was totally immersed in the characters and their complex but believable lives.
Those who lived through the Second World War as adults are now passing away and with them the oral history of the time. As we enjoy our modern amenities and technology it is hard to imagine living in coal fire heated rooms, heading out to outside toilets on freezing nights and being grateful for a meagre diet that might include a small piece of cheese and a couple of rashers of bacon a week.
That era was a gateway to the future and for the young of the day it was a confusing time. Their parents had been born in Victorian Britain and had suffered two major conflicts that had taken its toll physically and mentally. Times were very tough for most of the population and after the war ended that continued for the next two decades. This exposed both generations to bigotry, hatred and desperate hardships.
We have a fascination with serial dramas such as Coronation Street and Eastenders for a number of reasons but primarily because we identify with the characters and all aspects of their lives. Most of us in our 50s and 60s have grown up with these long running sagas and sometimes it is hard not to feel that certain individuals are part of our own family.
This is how I feel about Judith Barrow’s families in the three books so far. I may not remember the war years but my mother who was in her 20s at the time recalled them vividly. Her family were luckier than most but she talked of others in the village who struggled to survive in pre-benefit Britain and who lost loved ones to the war both on the front and when they returned home.
The story is compelling and Mary who is the focal character brings a combination of strength and vulnerability that is endearing. She is also the older sister we all want to turn to in times of trouble and is always there for us. Even if we do irritate her beyond reason from time to time.
I can recommend that you buy the whole series and as they are in Kindle format and enjoy them one after the other.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
and: Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow Judith: Goodreads
About Judith Barrow
Judith Barrow,originally from Saddleworth, a group of villages on the edge of the Pennines,has lived in Pembrokeshire, Wales, for forty years.
She has an MA in Creative Writing with the University of Wales Trinity St David’s College, Carmarthen. BA (Hons) in Literature with the Open University, a Diploma in Drama from Swansea University and She has had short stories, plays, reviews and articles, published throughout the British Isles and has won several poetry competitions..
She is a Creative Writing tutor for Pembrokeshire County Council and holds private one to one workshops on all genres.
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Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of Judith’s latest book. thanks Sally.