If you’ve been receiving my newsletters for a while, you’ll recognise the title of my forthcoming third novel, Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home. I might have mentioned it a couple of times … including in last week’s email.
But that was just the preamble. Consider this the official announcement of the novel’s homecoming in two months’ time. And you’re invited to the online party.
Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home
In the dying days of the old asylums, three paths intersect.
Henry was only a boy when he waved goodbye to his glamorous grown-up sister; approaching sixty, his life is still on hold as he awaits her return.
As a high-society hostess renowned for her recitals, Matty’s burden weighs heavily upon her, but she bears it with fortitude and grace.
Janice, a young social worker, wants to set the world to rights, but she needs to tackle challenges closer to home.
A brother and sister separated by decades of deceit. Will truth prevail over bigotry, or will the buried secret keep family apart?
In this, her third novel, Anne Goodwin has drawn on the language and landscapes of her native Cumbria and on the culture of long-stay psychiatric hospitals where she began her clinical psychology career.
FORMATS paperback and e-book
PUBLISHER Inspired Quill
PUBLICATION DATE 29 May 2021
PRICE £9.99 / £3.49
ONLINE CELEBRATIONS 27 May (to be confirmed)
This time last year, as we learnt the new lexicon of lockdown, editing Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home proved the perfect stay-at-home project. It required the ideal amount of mental energy, being demanding enough to distract me from anxiety without overtaxing my locked-down creativity.
The story is set in Cumbria in the 1930s and 1990s. A world away from the coronavirus pandemic, or so I thought. But, as I delved into the novel, I discovered interesting echoes of early 2020s Planet Earth:
A deadly virus
This experience shifted my perspective slightly on what the novel is about. While mostly about mental health and social justice, there’s a wider theme of being shut away. My reflections on incarceration have ranged from hermits to Big Brother, from hostage situations to culture shock, which I’ll share in my emails in the coming weeks.
But first, would you like an exclusive preview of Matilda Windsor’s cover? Designed by Valeria Aguilera, I hope it will entice prospective readers to look inside.
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