About The Book
Alice’s life is dictated by her autistic son, Sam, who refuses to leave their remote Lancashire farm. Her only time ‘off’ is two hours in Lancaster on a Tuesday afternoon – and even that doesn’t always pan out to be the break she needs. Husband Duncan brings Larry, a rootless wanderer, to the farm to embark on a money making scheme they’ve dreamed up. Alice is hostile but Larry beguiles Sam with tales of travel in the outside world and, soon, Alice begins to fall for him, too. By turns blackly comic, heart-breaking and heart-warming, Truestory looks at what happens when sacrifice slithers towards martyrdom. By turns happy and sad, ultimately it is a tale of hope.
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Fav Book Cover
I do judge a book by its cover. In the 1970s I read the entire works of Agatha Christie because of the fabulous Fontana covers. On my tbr pile at the moment is Wait for Me, Jack, by Addison Jones – it’s there because it sounds intriguing but also because it’s got a beautiful black and white cover with a sexy ‘Mad Men’ vibe.
Fav time to read
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere. In the supermarket queue, in a traffic jam, before a meeting, during a meeting (well, perhaps not), on the bus. Whenever I’ve got two minutes. I’m never without a book.
Fav snack to go with a book
Coffee, chocolate and a book; a match made in heaven. I discovered Jane Austen when I was 17 at the same time that my mother bought a catering box of Cadbury’s Caramel. I slowly worked my way through the lot.
A book character that stayed with you long after the book ended
Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Bad tempered, jealous, passionate, handsome, in love with Cathy and eventually deranged. I first read Wuthering Heights when I was ten and I blame Emily Bronte for giving me the wrong end of the stick as to what to look for in a man.
Fav book quote
‘I have never seen a dead body or a female nipple. This is what comes of living in a cul de sac.’
From The Secret Diary of Adrian Mile, Aged 13 ¾
Sue Townsend was a comic genius and Adrian Mole is one of my best friends.
My own novel Truestory was inspired by raising my daughter who has autism – nevertheless, it contains lots of humour and I hope it makes people laugh.
Truestory By Catherine Simpson is out now.
Buy your copy here ~ AMAZON UK