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Welcome back to the weekly Talk of the Town linky which I co-host with Lindsay from Bookboodle.  If you haven’t joined in before, you can check out all the details of the linky on a separate page and if you have any questions, please ask.

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This month we’re showcasing Black & White Publishing‘s The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy.

Kate Beaufoy

Paperback: 208 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1785300865

ISBN-13: 978-1785300868

Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook. But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that s where the witch lives…

Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel. That’s what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there to live with Eleanor, her aged mother-in-law. But Eleanor is suffering from dementia, and caring for her proves tougher than Tess could ever have imagined: feeling increasingly isolated, her only comfort is wine o’clock and weekend visits from her husband. Meanwhile her teenage daughter Katia is helpless to intercede; in the end she can only watch as things fall apart and a tragedy even closer to home surfaces.

The Gingerbread House is a deeply moving novel: a compassionate and occasionally wickedly funny tale of a family’s agonising struggle with dementia.

Kate BeaufoyKate Beaufoy has an MA in French and English literature from Trinity College Dublin. As Kate Thompson she has had a dozen novels published, including the Number One bestseller The Blue Hour, which was shortlisted for the RNA award. Kate has contributed to numerous publications and broadcast media in both Ireland and the UK. A former actress, she was the recipient of a Dublin Theatre Festival Best Actress Award. She lives some of the year in Dublin and some on the West coast of Ireland, and is happily married with one daughter. Kate is an advanced-level scuba diver, a wild swimmer, and the keeper of a bewitching Burmese cat.

Connect with Kate Beaufoy


Twitter @katebeaufoy

I asked Kate some questions on her blog tour in February. Find out the scene Kate enjoyed writing the most (and the hardest!), a fab tip for new writers and much more.

Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Talk of the TownBlack & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction,  biography,  sport and humour,  as well as selected fiction,  young adult and children’s books.

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Some of you may know that I’ve recently had a virus and had time off work.  I usually succumb at the start of the holidays (interestingly, the date I became unwell was close to the start of the school Easter holidays last year!).  If we’re friends on Goodreads you might be wondering how I’m getting through so many books when I usually read one a week … well now you know.  Of course the downside is I now have quite a few reviews to write.  Escaping into my imagination in-between napping has been well worth it 🙂  Although I’ve had some weird and wonderful dreams …

Have a great week!

Married with two sons in their early 20's, by day I'm an Inclusion Lead in a local school. I recharge my batteries by reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for six years, four of those years exclusively about the literary world and during that time awarded Romance Blogger of the Year at the inaugural Festival of Romance. I'm enjoying the freedom of lifestyle blogging and sharing my love of anything that makes life easier! As well as a lover of words, I'm a stationery addict and lifelong learner. I feel passionate about early help for special educational needs, disability and families who are struggling. I'm a member of my local Early Help Operational Board and it's an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.