Published: 25th September 2017 (Canelo)
Finding happiness one stitch at a time.
When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst rumours of inappropriate behaviour. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all but has no proof.
When Dee bumps into an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby she convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make lots of tiny woolly hats. Then Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking and she ropes him into helping the knitting cause.
But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all…
A feel-good romantic comedy about learning what life is really all about, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.
My fave literary characters of all time
This is probably the worst list for a bookish person to put together but after about 700 hours of agonising, I have got it down to my five favourite literary characters of all time.
Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
It might be Marianne that gets to fall down hills and make dreamy eyes at Willoughby, but for me Elinor is the true hero of the piece. She’s smart, wise, funny and she’s loyal to the last, putting her family and friends before herself, even when it breaks her heart. Elinor might have been in petticoats and frilly caps, but she had a backbone of pure steel. She’s a legend.
Natalie Butterworth, Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood
I’ve known Kirsty for a long time and she’s a really good friend of mine, but in a totally unbiased way I can tell you her books are awesome! Natalie gets herself into a right pickle where she can only say exactly what’s on her mind and this leads to non-stop hilarity. Plus, don’t you just wish you could be totally honest sometimes and let it all out?! This book is an absolute hoot and I wish I could hang out with Natalie in real life.
Bridget Jones, Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
The original. The best. No one beats Bridget. She was the gateway to me discovering a whole world of books that I love to this day. I may have been 14 when I fist met Bridge and I’d never so much as sniffed a glass of Chardonnay let alone been a full blown Singleton, but her humour and her big heart spoke to me as clearly as if I was living in the flat next door. God bless Bridget.
Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
I absolutely love a cat-and-mouse romance where the couple completely loathe each other and then in the nick of time realise that that angry passion actually comes from great, hot chemistry! Beatrice has some of the best insults in the history of literature, which she uses to bring Benedictine down a peg or two in a very enjoyable way. She is unapologetically sharp and quick-witted: my kind of gal.
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
OK, so I know Caitlin Moran is a very real person, but she’s just so damn brilliant I had to put her in here. Wise, world-righting feminism that’s so funny it makes you spit your digestives out over your Kindle. This should be required women for each and every teenager on the world (girls AND boys).
Poppy Dolan is in her mid thirties and lives in Berkshire with her husband. She’s a near-obsessive baker and a keen crafter, so on a typical weekend can be found moving between the haberdashery and kitchenware floors of a department store, adding to her birthday wish list. She has written three novels: The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp, There’s More to Life than Cupcakes and most recently The Bluebell Bunting Society. The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp made it into the Amazon top 100 bestseller chart, so clearly someone other than her mum must have read it. She’s currently working on her fourth novel – it’s about friends, siblings and crafty things – and drinking far too much tea.
You can get in touch with Poppy on Twitter @poppydwriter and on Facebook at PoppyDolanBooks. She doesn’t bite. Unless you are a dark chocolate digestive.