My love of writing began at school when my long descriptive essays won high praise from my teachers; sparking my passion for writing. For many years I dabbled in the art of writing for my own enjoyment it was only when my children had grown up I decided to write a novel. Bird in a Gilded Cage began life as a contemporary novel. I was researching an Edwardian item of clothing for the storyline, when I found myself interested in not only women’s fashions; but how they lived their lives. The Suffragette movement came to my attention and how women fought ferociously for the basic right to vote and the risks they took along the way. I really feel that the courage and bravery of those women must never be forgotten. In the light of my research, Bird in a Gilded Cage then became an historical novel about one woman’s fight for freedom.
I am currently writing my second novel entitled: Shades of India, which is set at the beginning of WW2 in Brighton.
Bird in a Gilded Cage
The Suffragette movement in the early 20th century is at the heart of this dramatic story of Beth Hamilton-Green and her bid for freedom.
Fighting to break free from her overbearing and manipulative parents, Beth is pressured towards leading a life devoid of any choices, and to quietly conform to the social standing of the era.
Determined not to succumb to her parents’ demands, Beth befriends the headstrong Suffragette, Alice Sparks, and finds herself drawn into a savage fight for the emancipation of women. Beth shuns her restricted but privileged way of life to join Emmeline Pankhurst and her brave band of women from the Women’s Social & Political Union in their determined fight for equal rights.
Just as the handsome and mysterious Finn McGuiness appears in Beth’s life, Alice’s declaration of undying love throws Beth into confusion. The real fight has only just begun as Beth becomes embroiled in a powerful struggle, not only for her own survival amidst the Suffragette activities, but with the pull of divided loyalties between Alice and Finn. Beth is pushed to the very edge of reason and the resulting events lead to tragic consequences.
A passionate story of love, women’s fight for equality in the early twentieth century and friendships that test the very limits of endurance.
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