I have had the most wonderful week away, and I having serious post holiday blues. And what better way to cheer me up that another wonderful set of All About Books answers! This week we have author Susanna Bavin.

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And I am going to hand you straight over to her!

Susanna Bavin is originally from Manchester, which is where her books are set. Her 1920s family saga, The Deserter’s Daughter, was published last year and her second novel, A Respectable Woman, will be released this June. Susanna’s childhood dream came true a few years ago when she went to live by the sea in beautiful North Wales.

Photo Courtesy of Susanna Bavin.

Which book are you currently reading?
The Shop Girls of Chapel Street by Jenny Holmes. I have read some of her other books and she always creates a strong plot. She also adds historical detail with a light touch, so that it fleshes out the story. And I am listening to A Week in Winter by Marcia Willett, which is an old favourite. I always have two stories on the go – a book to read and an audiobook to listen to.

What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?
Secrets of the Sewing Bee by Kate Thompson. I read her Secrets of the Singer Girls at Christmas and loved it. I like the depth of characterisation in her stories.

What is next on your “to be read” list?
For me one of the pleasures of reading is choosing what to read next, so I don’t read my TBR books in order. My pile at present includes: The Wedding Girls by Kate Thompson, The Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell and One Quiet Woman by Anna Jacobs. I am also looking forward to the publication of the new book in the Halfpenny Orphans series by Cathy Sharp.

What is your favourite genre to read?
Sagas, definitely. This is what I write as well.

What genre do you tend to avoid?
I have never got on with science fiction.

I know this is tricky, but what is your favourite book or series?
Yes, that is tricky! If I had to pick just one book, it would be Miss Mapp by EF Benson, a wonderfully witty social comedy. I also have it as a talking book, brilliantly read by Prunella Scales, and I listen to it with great pleasure every year or so.

Who is your favourite author?
Another tricky question. I don’t think I could pick out just one. I love sagas by Dilly Court and Carol Rivers; suspense by Tami Hoag; contemporary novels by Marcia Willett; and American cosy crime by Krista Davis. As for audio books, my favourite readers are Nicolette MacKenzie and Julia Franklin.

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What is your favourite book from childhood?
As a child, I didn’t have a favourite book. My favourite author was Enid Blyton and my two favourite series were Malory Towers and the Famous Five. If, as an adult, I had to pick out one book from childhood (other than Enid Blyton), I’d cheat and pick two(!) – The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and A Candle in Her Room by Ruth M Arthur.

If you could visit the world of any book, which would it be?
As a child, I would have been on the first train to Cornwall to go to school at Malory Towers. It is pretty chilly outside as I write this, so I’m inclined to make my adult choice The Enchanted April so that I could have a few weeks lazing about in that wonderful Italian villa and garden.

If you could bring any book character to life for a day, who would it be and what would you do?
Anne of Green Gables. I’d take her all around Llandudno, where I live, and see it through her eyes.

You can find Susanna on her website or over on her website.

Thank you so much Susanne, it’s so lovely to read your answers. I loved reading The Famous Five books when I was younger too!

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Image Courtesy of Susanna Bavin. 

Susanne’s book A Respectable Woman is published later this week! Here’s the synopsis;

After losing her family in the Great War, Nell is grateful to marry Stan Hibbert, believing she can recapture a sense of family with him. But five years on, she is just another back-street housewife, making every penny do the work of tuppence and performing miracles with scrag-end. When she discovers that Stan is leading a double-life, she runs away to make a fresh start.

Two years later, in 1924, Nell has carved out a fulfilling new life for herself and her young children in Manchester, where her neighbors believe she is a respectable widow and a talented machinist. But the past is hard to run from, and Nell must fight to protect the life she has made for herself and her children.

And if you like the sound of that, it’s available to preorder now.