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Crawley stalwart author writes new novel

jpco-19-5-14  Beryl Armstrong, 85, a former film maker and dolls house maker, will have her book Beyond the Shadows published (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140520-114802001

jpco-19-5-14 Beryl Armstrong, 85, a former film maker and dolls house maker, will have her book Beyond the Shadows published (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140520-114802001

The head of the Crawley Writer’s Circle is set to have her latest book published.

Beyond the Shadows by Beryl Armstrong, 85, of Little Crabtree, West Green, will be available from May 28.

Beryl said: “As long as people tell me they’ve enjoyed and want the next book I’m happy.”

The novel follows the story of a family living in New Zealand during the Second World War.

Beryl, originally from New Zealand, moved to England with her family when she was two-years-old.

She said of her book: “It would appeal to mainly the older ones looking for nostalgia.

“I have been fascinated with all Pacific culture since junior school.”

The book is the sequel to her book, Where Shadows Fall, which was published in 2008.

Beryl was a founding member of the Crawley Writer’s Circle and joined in 1962.

Around 12 group members meet and discuss their writings at her home every month.

She said the group had gone through ‘every chapter’ of Beyond the Shadows and offered constructive criticism.

Beryl said: “We go through each other’s works with a fine tooth comb.”

She was inspired to become a writer during a stint in India from 1959 to 1961.

Beryl wrote 12 books over the last 50 years as ‘light relief’. She said Beyond the Shadows was written as a stand-alone prequel to a book she wrote in 1974, Burning Shadows.

Beryl, who was a doll house maker for 26 years, published two books on the craft.

For more visit http://berylsfridaywritingblog.co.uk/

 

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