Sunday 22 August 2021

☼ Summer Picnic with Jaffareadstoo ~ Anne Allen

☼ Jaffareadstoo is delighted to welcome you all to our Summer Picnic ☼

Summertime is here 

☼ I'm delighted to welcome author, Anne Allen to our Summer picnic ☼

Welcome, Anne. What favourite foods are you bringing to our summer picnic?

I’ll bring a salad which includes rocket, avocado and feta, served with Parma ham. To follow it has to be strawberries and cream.

What would you like to drink? We have white wine spritzers, locally brewed beer, traditional Pimms, sparkling elderflower cordial, or a thermos of tea or coffee?

Ooh, definitely Pimms with all the trimmings please!

Where shall we sit, by the pool, in the garden, in the countryside or somewhere hot?.

A shady part of the garden near a pond would be lovely

Do we have a wicker hamper, tablecloth and cutlery, or is everything in a supermarket carrier bag?

Wicker hamper with china plates and proper cutlery

Do you have a favourite place to have a summer picnic?

It’s been so long I don’t remember! But I did use to enjoy a picnic at my grandchildren’s sports day when family were allowed to watch.

Which of your literary heroes (alive or dead) are joining us on the picnic today?

William Shakespeare would be very entertaining and may even write a play or sonnet for us. I would also like to invite Agatha Christie and Barbara Erskine so we can chat about plotting crime books and time-slips.

Which summer read are you bringing with you today?

Hilary Mantel ‘The Mirror and the Light’, likely to last me until winter!

Fourth Estate

What is your earliest summer memory?

On the beach at Rhosneigr in Anglesey, my father’s birthplace and where we went every summer during my early childhood. We lived in Rugby and going to Anglesey was the highlight of the year.

☼What can you tell us about your current book or WIP?

Her Previous Self

Two women, living two hundred years apart but closer than sisters.

Mary, miserable in her marriage to Thomas Carre, a merchant and privateer and living in the new family mansion in Georgian Guernsey.

Lucy, separated from her husband after a tragic loss and now acting as an unwilling sitter for her elderly grandfather, Gregory Carre, who has inherited the same mansion.

Lucy is haunted by Mary’s continued presence in the house and finds herself being pulled more and more back in time. How is it possible for her to live as Mary? To experience scenes from her tragic life? Lucy is forced to come to terms with Mary’s grief as well as her own.

The more enmeshed she becomes the more anxious Lucy is to discover the truth. Why is Mary still restless? What caused her mysterious disappearance two hundred years ago?

And can Lucy move on from her own loss to find happiness again?


Anne, where can we follow you on social media?

Twitter @AnneAllen21

Anne, thank you for sharing your summer picnic with us today.

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  1. Thanks,Jo, for inviting me on a Summer Picnic. Loved taking part, Annex

    1. Thanks for being a great guest, Anne. It's been great fun x


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