Troubador A Serious Case of Chicken-itis

Released: 31/10/2012

ISBN: 9781780884530

Format: Paperback

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A Serious Case of Chicken-itis


Beautifully illustrated by Charley Belles, A Serious Case of Chicken-itis tells what happens to Mary Frances Brown when she forgets to use the magic words, please and thank you. One morning when she gets up, Mary feels quite miserable and is horrid to her baby brother, Daniel. But when she steps on an old lady’s toe at the park and refuses to say sorry, something quite extraordinary happens – she suddenly finds she can’t talk and can only cluck. Not knowing what to do, Mummy sends for Daddy, then the window cleaner, the postman, Mrs Smith from next door and finally, the doctor who diagnoses chicken-itis. Helter-skelter, they run to the park to find the old lady, the only one who can cure Mary.

"I decided long ago that you can either be cowed by the absurdities of life or lampoon them."

My love affair with both life and words began in 1969, when ‘Fashion’ Magazine paid me the goodly sum of £25 to write an article about travel. Other articles followed and from these humble beginnings came children’s books, full of rib-tickling humour and scintillating action.
However, my desire to wax lyrical about the absurdity of life remained and whilst journeying by train to some far distant school or to a signing at Waterstones, I began scribbling down my thoughts. Blogs, anecdotes and short stories followed. Now, of an age to remember the past, I thought, why not? There has to be heaps of people around like me … well, not exactly like me but near enough to enjoy and remember how life once was.

Age and the Antique Sideboard will be published in August 2017.

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Barbara Spencer

In 1967, considering herself to be destined for a life of mediocrity, Barbara Spencer hi-tailed it to the West Indies to watch cricket, the precursor to a highly colourful career spanning three continents in which she was caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World. An award winning children's author, Broken is Barbara's first outing writing for adults. A finalist in the fiction category of the Book Excellence Awards, Broken was first published on Kindle. The paperback version will be published the spring of 2017.

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