Troubador Starting Over

Released: 28/11/2021

ISBN: 9781800465220

eISBN: 9781803138350

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Starting Over


Rough sleeper Olivia lands on her feet when kind-hearted Mavis rescues her from life in a supermarket car park, and takes her back to the co-housing development where she lives.

Olivia finds a generous and supportive group of people there, all with their own stories and problems – though none quite as potentially explosive as hers.

What led her to a life on the streets when her background is so obviously out of step with the lifestyle she adopted for herself? How long before the past and the people in it catch up with her?

It soon becomes apparent to everyone that Liv is not who she claims to be, and as her former life moves closer to a collision with her current one, she starts to realise her safe haven can’t protect her indefinitely – and that running away hasn’t really solved anything at all.

Looking forward to the November publication of 'Starting Over', my first book with Matador!

What an enjoyable book. It reminded me of books I have read by Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy. The style was similar in that the characters lived in close proximity and you learned something about all of the various people. It made me think “what a neat place to live.” Then it surprised me by throwing a mystery into the story. This book had it all! Definitely a book that I will be recommending to everyone.

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Annette Keen

I started writing more than twenty years ago and have had several short stories published in magazines and anthologies. My first novel, The Generation Club, won the 2008 Yeovil Literary Prize and I self-published this, and two subsequent novels: 'Distant Cousins' and 'Finding Bella'. I have written song lyrics, set to music and recorded by a professional jazz singer, and have also been a freelance writer for Penguin Longman, contributing to their series of reading books for the English Language learner market, mainly adaptations of contemporary novels or film tie-ins. Two of the books I adapted: The Kalahari Typing School for Men (2010) and The Cellist of Sarajevo (2014), were finalists in the Language Learners Literary Awards for their year.

My other passion, alongside writing, is jazz and I am a club promoter and a booking agent for musicians. When I'm not writing or jazzing I make patchwork quilts and theatre costumes, and get some much-needed exercise from yoga and ballroom dancing.

Annette Keen
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