Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Singular and Unique - Freya North 'Secrets'

Best selling author Freya North celebrates Saltburn's uniqueness in her new novel:
Secrets. Would you share yours?

Whilst interweaving herself into the fabric of Saltburn both Tess and Joe explore their own personal growth and their developing relationship set against the enchanting house in which Tess and her daughter find themselves 'house-sitting'.

But don't be deceived. This isn't your usual 'set' romance. The book is full of sparky moments you'll find yourself re-reading. Individual, liberating, symbolic, a compulsive read. We all have secrets. Would you share yours?

"And now I mount above the sands,
And in amazement see
The mighty works now carried on
At Saltburn by the Sea.

I gazed delighted on the scene
And found it soon moved me,
To write a book, a little book
On Saltburn by the Sea."

John Farndale, 'A Guide to Saltburn by the Sea' 1862

Freya North gave up a Ph.D. to write her first novel, Sally, in 1991. For 4 years she turned deaf ears to parents and friends who pleaded with her to ‘get a proper job’. She went on the dole and did a succession of freelance and temping jobs to support her writing days. In 1995, throwing caution to the wind, Freya sent three chapters and a page of completely fabricated reviews to a top literary agent, and met with success: five publishers entered a bidding war for her books. In 1996 Sally was published to great acclaim and Freya was heralded as a fresh voice in fiction. Her next books, Chloe, Polly, Cat, Fen, Pip, Love Rules, Home Truths and Pillow Talk have all been bestsellers. She lives in London with her family. In 2008 Freya won the RNA award for ‘Romantic Novel of the Year’ with Pillow Talk.

Rebecca Hilton

Saltburn Beach, April 2009

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