Troubador Different Genes

Released: 28/10/2017

ISBN: 9781788036054

eISBN: 9781788031035

Format: Paperback/eBook

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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.

Feb 1st 2018
Hear Claire interviewed on the BBC Radio London Jo Good show at 2pm about books which appeal to older readers.

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gratTqxMAo&t=1s

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


Claire Baldry

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 an autobiographical novella called ‘South Something’. She has a regular schedule of public speaking engagements where she reads excerpts from her work and talks with humour about her transformation from headteacher to writer. Claire’s debut novel ‘Different Genes’ will be published by Matador in 2017.

Claire says “I wrote the first draft of the novel very quickly. The characters came to life in my head, and I found myself laughing and crying out loud as I wrote. At the centre of the narrative is a romantic tale about two fictional people of about my age, whose needs I understand. It was an immensely enjoyable journey to create this complex story out of my imagination. Now my first novel is finished, I am hooked, and already have two more planned”.

Claire hopes her books will especially appeal to readers in mid-life and beyond, but also give an insight to adult readers of all ages into the lives and ambitions of the ‘baby boom’ generation.

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