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Distance is no barrier for book

AUTHOR Shirley Thompson has teamed-up with an American writer to pen her tenth novel.

AUTHOR Shirley Thompson has teamed-up with an American writer to pen her tenth novel.

Shirley, from Monkspath, said that Unlocking the Gates is a story that also spans two continents.

The main character stumbles on a letter, after her mother’s death, which contains a shocking family secret.

It was co-written by Caroline Bourner, from the United States, over an 18 month period.

“It’s about a woman who finds out something shocking about her past,” said 62-year-old Shirley.

“The letter she finds from her mother is a confession and it explains so much about her life.

“I think it will strike a chord with people because it’s a very moving story at times.”

Shirley, a former primary school teacher, made a couple of trips across the Atlantic to discuss the plot. And there were also scores of phone conversations between the two women over a year-and-a-half.

In the past, Shirley has written best-selling biographies for the likes of Pat Roach and nightclub boss Eddie Fewtrell.

“I’ve got very used to collaborating with someone on a book, I’ve done is so many times before,” she said.

Now she’s turned her attention back to biographies, with a look at the life of kick-boxing champion Cash Gill.

* Unlocking the Gates will be launched at Solihull Waterstone’s on June 25, starting at noon.

 

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