Dorset novelist wins high praise from bestselling author

American novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard reaches out to support a debut novelist who is attending the London Book Fair 12–14 March 2019

 Dorchester novelist, Gail Aldwin will be at the London Book Fair with Victorina Press the publisher of her debut novel The String Games. This is the story of the abduction of four-year-old Josh during a family holiday in France. Praise for the novel comes from Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of eleven novels including the bestselling The Deep End of the Ocean which was the first novel selected for Oprah’s Book Club. Jacquelyn says:

Gail Aldwin’s The String Games takes hold of the reader and the juncture of the head and the heart and simply does not let go. With courage and tenderness, and an unblinking eye, Gail Aldwin explores the ways in which the loss of a child explodes a family. Treat yourself and read this one.

Following redundancy from Dorset County Council in her fifties, Gail focused on developing her writing career. This year sees a further publication success with the launch of adversaries/comrades her debut poetry pamphlet on 25 March 2019 with Wordsmith­_HQ. She is delighted her writing is entering the world of mainstream publishing and is impressed how women writers offer support. She feels it is only right that older women writers get their time in the sun.

About Gail:

Settled in Dorset since 2006, Gail Aldwin has lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Spain. Her work includes a collection of short fiction Paisley Shirt which was longlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2018. As chair of the Dorset Writers’ Network, Gail works with the steering group to inspire writers and connect creative communities. She supports undergraduates on the Creative Writing BA (Hons) at Art University Bournemouth as a visiting tutor. 

The String Games will be released on 28 May 2019 and is available for pre-order from Victorina Press:

Following a launch on 27 March 2019, adversaries/comrades will be stocked by Books Beyond Words, in Dorchester.