Published: 28/10/2017
ISBN: 9781788036054
eISBN: 9781788031035
Format: Paperback/eBook

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In 2008 Claire Baldry retired from her career as a headteacher, and reinvented herself as a writer, blogger and performance poet. Now, aged 61, Claire has published four booklets of amusing poetry and... read more

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Different Genes
by Claire Baldry

Sixty-one year old Louise finally learns she is adopted after the death of her mother. She embarks on a quest to reveal the secrets of her past, helped by new companion and lover, Simon, whom she meets after joining an Internet dating site.

In her first full-length novel, author Claire Baldry sensitively explores the growing closeness between the newly retired couple as they develop their mutual understanding and physical relationship.

The reader is reminded of the changing values of the postwar years, while Simon and Louise visit places from Louise’s past and meet people who knew her mother and grandmother. Together, they begin to unlock the forgotten secrets of Louise’s past – but in the face of so much change and uncertainty, can Louise let her relationship flourish?

The story is set mainly in the author’s home county of East Sussex, but finishes in Kent, when Louise and Simon finally visit her birth mother’s grave at a convent in Chatham. This immensely readable journey of discovery is a charming and bittersweet mixture of romance, sadness and genuine suspense.

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Dec 3rd
Signed books will be on sale from 10.30 at Manor Barn Craft Fair, Bexhill Reduced from £7-99 to £6-99 for one day only.

November 2nd
Book Signing at Rye Bookshop from 1 pm until 4 pm

October 2017
Publication Day of Different Genes is Saturday 28th Oct. Book signing at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill from midday until 3pm.

Tickets for the Writers Cafe on 19th Oct in Bexhill where I read an excerpt from Different Genes were sold out!!

July 2017
Watch and listen to me reading the first few pages of 'Different Genes' on YouTube by pasting the following into your address bar.

Links to my interview with Bexhill FM about the Bexhill Writers Group and my forthcoming novel are now on my website.

April 2017
Pre-publication review from Hilary Cisneros Mccorry, Journalist and former producer/presenter at BBC Radio Kent.

"Different Genes' is a riveting, debut novel by Claire Baldry, which I couldn't put down. Her excellent portrayal of the main characters, Louise and Simon, make you feel as if you know them personally as you travel alongside them on their journey, sharing new love a second time around, discovering the truth about Louise's past, and with a twist of suspense also thrown into the mix. I highly recommend this immensely readable, well written, novel, full of romance, intrigue and suspense."

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I was only going to read 2 chapters on a stolen afternoon off from work and ended up reading the whole book, couldn't put it down, completely captivated me. A good read and nice to recognise local places.

by Sharon

As a recently turned 63-year old, it was satisfying to read a novel about a woman "of a certain age." A woman who discovers that her life is not over AND still holds surprises, albeit some she didn't expect. A suspenseful and entertaining story.

by Claire Thompson


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