Tessa Barrie is the alter ego of Sally Edmondson. She co-authored Brian Trubshaw - Test Pilot in 1998 and assisted the late Brian Trubshaw with his second book, Concorde - The Inside Story, published in 2000.
Born in Harrogate on the UK Mainland, she is fiercely proud of her Yorkshire heritage, despite living on the British Channel Island of Jersey since 1981.
'Incorporating humour into my writing is very important to me. Life can be complicated, frustrating and all too often tragic, and the world would be dismal without it. So I aim to capture the fragility of human emotion and coat it with humour - it doesn't take away the anguish but makes it more bearable.'
Tessa hopes to publish her follow-up novel, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook, early in 2023.
Just Say It
In 1999, Lisa Grant, once a well-known columnist for a leading UK magazine, turns forty. Attempting to avoid a midlife crisis, she finishes writing a therapeutic spoof about her life, but it only scratches the surface of the problem – the rocky relationship she has always had with her narcissistic mother, Elizabeth.
Realising she needs to break the negative emotional hold her mother has over her, Lisa harnesses her journalistic skills to investigate her mother's life before she came to London in 1957 as a seventeen-year-old debutante and is shocked by what she finds.