Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comClare is the author of A Greater World and Kurinji Flowers. 

Born in Liverpool, the eldest of 5 children, Clare read English Language and Literature at Manchester University, although spent most of her time exploring the city's bars and nightclubs and founding the Rock n' Roll Society. For many years she worked in consumer marketing, as International Marketing Director for big global companies selling detergents, diapers, tuna fish and chocolate biscuits. This included stints in Paris, Brussels, Sydney and Milan. 

A Greater World, set in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, was begun back in 1998 after the first of many visits to Australia. Having almost completed the first draft, burglars stole her computer. Determined that they would not get the better of her, she sat down and wrote it all again.

Her second novel, Kurinji Flowers is set in a tea plantation in South India in the 1930s. The inspiration for the book came during a sleepless night in a hotel in Munnar in Kerala. The kurinji flowers of the title grow across this region and are renowned for only flowering once in every 12 years.

Both novels are about people being displaced. In A Greater World Elizabeth Morton and Michael Winterbourne are unwilling emigrants from England for Australia, driven away by tragic events. Ginny Dunbar in Kurinji Flowers, following a scandal that wrecks her future, is catapulted from her life as a debutante into the world of colonial India. None of these people is equipped to deal with what lies ahead.

Clare loves to travel and always takes a sketchbook and a set of watercolours with her, but makes no claims to being any good at it.

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5 stars on Amazon

5 stars on Goodreads

Categories: Historical / Romance

"Has some great and well-deserved [Amazon] reviews... if someone wants to make it into a film, I'd be happy to negotiate the contract! It would make a terrific film"

Tina Betts, Andrew Mann literary agency

 

Would you cross the world to marry a stranger who won you in a poker game?

When Elizabeth Morton hears her father wants her to travel to the other side of the world to marry a complete stranger, she decides he must be insane. This is 1920 and a woman has rights - she might still be too young to vote, but she's not going to be treated like a chattel. Yet she's reckoned without the brother-in-law she's always despised, who brutally shatters her comfortable world, leaving her no choice but to sail to Australia.

When Michael Winterbourne, a Cumbrian lead miner, wakes up with a hangover after his engagement celebrations, he has no idea he is about to be the cause of a terrible tragedy that will change his life and destroy his family.

When Michael and Elizabeth meet on the SS Historic, bound for Sydney, they are reluctant emigrants from England. They may start to hope their troubles are over, but they'll find they're only just beginning.

A Greater World is set in the early 1920s, a period of transition between the old pre-World War One way of life and the post-War, with the coming economic Depression, major social change and the evolving role of women in society. The story moves from the dales of Cumberland and the docks of Liverpool to Sydney and the beautiful Blue Mountains.

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