Inheritance Books – Sheryl Browne

This week, romantic comedy writer Sheryl Browne shares her Inheritance Books. Hi Sheryl, welcome to Inheritance Books. Tell me a bit about yourself.

Sheryl PhotoHi Rhoda! Thanks so much for having me on your wonderful Inheritance Feature.  I’ll try not to take up too much space – though, like most writers nowadays, I’m a multi-tasker extraordinaire so it’s hard sometimes to squish it all in.  Ok, so, I grew up in Birmingham in the UK where I studied Art & Design.  I’m a partner in my own business, a mother and a foster parent to disabled dogs.  I write ‘Fabulous, Funny, Heart-breaking Romantic Comedy’ (thank you JB Johnston at Brook Cottage Books for my lovely tagline!) and am published with Safkhet Publishing, who commissioned me to write my debut book, RECIPES FOR DISASTER, which combines deliciously different recipes with sexilicious romantic comedy and was recently shortlisted for the Innovation in Romantic Fiction Festival of Romance Award.  I’ve since been offered a further three-book contract under the Safkhet Publishing Soul imprint.  SOMEBODY TO LOVE, a romantic comedy centring around a single father’s search for love and his autistic little boy, launched July 1. WARRANT FOR LOVE, Blackmail, lies, adultery, entrapmentthree couples in a twisting story that resolves perfectly – released August 1 and A LITTLE BIT OF MADNESS –White Knight in Blue rescues the Harbour Rest Home – releases Valentine’s Day 2013.

Which books did you inherit from the generation above? Why is it special?

Books collageSadly, I lost my parents when I was quite young and family history is therefore a bit sketchy.  What I do know, though, is that I inherited my father’s love of books and remember with a mixture of fondness and awe his entire Charles Dickens leather-bound collection (woe betide anyone who turned down the corner of a page).

Obviously, this instilled in me a great reverence for books.  I adore old books, the binding the typeface, the history within the pages, they are all fascinating to me.  I would love therefore to share what I regard as my little treasure trove, which was inherited, but I’m not quite sure how it was handed down.  I don’t think I need to wax lyrical about it.  The books, I feel, tell their own story:

Which book would you leave for later generations? Why?

My favourite read as a child and the book I think would leave to future generations is A Kestrel for a Knave (Kes) by Barry Hines, a coming of age novel which tells the story of a young Yorkshire boy, Billy Casper, who finds solace from a life of bullying and neglect by rearing a wild kestrel he calls Kes.  The book is set in the 1960s but there’s a wonderful timelessness to the story.  Billy’s father has left and his mother and older brother spend most of their evenings in the pub while Billy fends for himself, pouring the love he craves into raising his kestrel.  At school Billy is shunned by his classmates and considered dim and a troublemaker by his teachers.  One enlightened teacher, however, encourages Billy to talk about his kestrel and he proves himself knowledgeable, articulate and passionate, incidentally sharing with his classmates the value of study.  It’s a beautifully written book, humorous, sad, the imagery painted evocative and powerful.   Kes is a story most people, adult and young alike, can relate to.  It certainly encouraged me to keep reading – and never to judge a book by its cover.

Thanks for sharing your Inheritance Books, Sheryl. Good luck with your book.

Cover FrontSheryl’s new book A Little Bit of Madness is available now. You can catch up with Sheryl on her website (www.sherylbrowne.com) , Twitter (@sherylbrowne) and on Loveahappyending.com where she is a featured author and editor.

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14 thoughts on “Inheritance Books – Sheryl Browne

  1. What a brilliant post, and what an interesting question. Thanks so much for sharing your inheritance, Sheryl. I have to confess that that’s where our different cultural histories come in for Kes means nothing to me, but I share your love for old fashioned type faces and I did own a complete Dickens once (I had to donate it to the library when my Dad died, but that’s a long story). Absolutely adored this feature, well done.

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    1. Thank you, Kit! Yes, I remember NOT being disappointed by the film version of Kes. It was really powerful (credit to Ken Loach). Lord of the Flies was excellent, too, but I’m glad I read the book first. So much pent up turning to raw emotion in there that couldn’t be portrayed without words (imho).

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  2. Kes was one of our literary books we had to read at school. You’ve reminded me about it! Must read it again Sheryl.

    Thank you for hosting Sheryl today Rhoda. I do love this feature 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Rhoda, and helping me share my news and release of A Little Bit of Madness! Hugely appreciated. Despite saying I’d try not to take up too much space, I do go on a bit, don’t I? Well done on making me sound (and look) sensible.

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    1. It’s a pleasure to have you on the blog Sheryl. It’s always nice to hear about people’s precious books, especially when they tell you why they love them! Good luck with A Little Bit of Madness (awesome title for a book!).

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  4. Great post. Reminded me that I have some books that my Dad’s Dad gave him and they are dated 1913 so they are just 100 years old. The book that Sheryl says she would pass on sounds like such a wonderful story and I really would like to find it and add it to my humungous pile of books to read. Thanks for a great post. Kim xxx

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    1. You will treasure them, Kim. I know I do. Even thinking about the people that have thumbed through the pages sets my mind wondering about who they were and how the related to the characters in the books. And the handwritten signatures of those first owners … Well, it gives you a sense of perspective, I think. Thanks for stopping by! xx

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