In 2013 I published a short work of alphabetic fiction as an e-book, available for Kindle: A Glossary of my Grandmother.
A young woman finds her scholarly grandmother becomes a stabilising influence on her life. After her death, she decides to pay tribute to her in an A-Z of her life, and starts to explore a web of surprising family relationships, reflecting on her own life at the same time.
A Glossary of my Grandmother touches on the lives of five generations and spans the twentieth century. It is set in England against the background of two world wars and changing attitudes to women.
One reader described the book as “totally convincing – the process of a grandchild’s journey in search of a grandparent after death touched me”.
“The grandmother in question is revealed in vignettes so powerful that you would know her if you ever met her. Each vignette stands alone but is a piece in a cunning jigsaw of interconnecting lives and secrets concealed for decades. A short but utterly absorbing read.” – Vivienne Tuffnell