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Hello! Thank you for visiting my website.

I am a contemporary and historical fiction writer living in beautiful Henley-on-Thames, represented by the fabulous Caroline Sheldon of the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.

My debut novel, Another Us was published in May 2020 by the wonderful Canelo (I know, I know –  launching towards the start of a global pandemic wasn’t exactly in the plan!)  Another Us is the – hopefully! – heartwarming, poignant and funny story of a marriage at breaking point. Emma and Daniel’s son Jack has been diagnosed with autism and Emma is horrified to discover that 80% of such marriages fall apart. With its focus on family life, its humour and its exploration of relationships, I hope that Another Us will appeal to readers who enjoy character-driven books with satisfying emotional content and just a little grit. Although it is a work of fiction, I certainly learned a lot about myself by writing it! 

Then I moved onto something quite different.  The Post Office Girls – written as Poppy Cooper – is a saga set in London in 1915.  It was published by Hodder & Stoughton in April 2021 – yes, still in lockdown – and follows the lives and loves of the girls who worked in the Army Post Office’s Home Depot on The Regent’s Park sorting parcels and letters to the soldiers serving at the various fronts in WW1. The Post Office Girls follows 18 year old Beth on a journey on self discovery as she leaves her family village shop in Hertfordshire to do her bit and the fun, challenges and adventures that she has along the way. I loved researching and writing it; it was obviously a horrendous period of time, but there were opportunities for women like never before. 

A second book in the series,  A Post Office Christmas, followed in November 2021 – my third book published in lockdown. This one is told from the point of view of feisty,  East-ender Milly as she fights both for women’s rights and to discover her place in the world. I loved writing about Milly and learning more about all the terrible inequalities and injustices that she railed against – and also about the Christmas traditions of the time.

I’m now working on a second contemporary novel – a romantic-comedy affectionately titled Muddy Milly – which is set on an archaeological dig. I’m also tinkering with a lighthearted ghost story – as well as exploring ideas for more historical sagas. So many ideas, so little time! 

You can follow my writing journey on my blog –  although I don’t update it nearly as often as I should  – or connect with me on Twitter where I spend far, far  too much time and tweet as @Kirsten_Hesketh. Come and say hello! 

 

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    1. Thanks, Cass. You need to click on the blog title, ‘The Journey So Far’ to leave a comment. Apparently it will all become clearer when I write a second post. xx

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  1. All looking fabulous Kirsten. Love the picture if you in a drain battling snakes! I will store that useful fact fir my next encounter with a snake and call you in.
    And do hurry up with the publication – some of us are getting quite desperate to read Another Us. I’m sure it will make us laugh and cry as much as you do in real life!
    Deb xx

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