Talk of the Town

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Welcome back to Talk of the Town.

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.

***News Flash***

I’m excited to share with you that Talk of the Town has a new co-host … drum roll … Lindsay from Bookboodle will be joining me from next Saturday 25th.  If you join in already you will have seen that Lindsay links up every week.  What you might not know is that she has linked up since I first started the linky in November 2015.  I know you’ll join me in welcoming Lindsay to Talk of the Town 🙂

Your favourite post from last week:

Suzie’s “It’s behind you …” or how panto rekindled my love of writing.  I loved this myself and could just imagine it unfolding 🙂

March sees Talk of the Town showcasing a rather unique novel from Black & White Publishing.

Talk of the Town

Publisher: Black and White Publishing (23 Feb. 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1785300822

ISBN-13: 978-1785300820


Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies…

His life has been rich and full. He has witnessed first-hand the rise of the Nazis, experienced heartrending family tragedy, fought in the German army, been interred in a POW camp in Scotland and faced violent persecution in peacetime Britain. But he has also touched many lives, fallen deeply in love, raised a family and survived triumphantly at the limits of human endurance. He carries within him an astonishing family secret that he must share before he dies…a story that will mean someone else’s salvation.

Welcome to the moving, heart-warming and uncommon life of Alfred Warner.

Talk of the TownJuliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her husband and four children in Berlin. She writes in both English and German. Her debut novel The Fractured Man was published by Cargo in 2013. She is currently working on her third novel, Exile Shanghai, set in a Jewish ghetto in 1940’s China.

Connect with Juliet Conlin


Twitter @JulietConlin

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days chronicles the life of a man who never chose to be different. Alfred holds a family secret that is both a burden and a blessing. In choosing to tell the story of a voice-hearer, my aim was to explore this phenomenon beyond pathology, and to defend the validity of complex human experiences that do not fit into a very narrow understanding of what it is to be ‘normal’.

– Juliet Conlin

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.

Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing my weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

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It was my son’s 21st birthday on Wednesday and we’re away this weekend celebrating.  I’ll catch up over the week so I’ll be a little later sharing your posts and commenting.


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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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