New Berringden Brow book
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Mytholmroyd writer Jill Robinson brings out a third book in the successful Berringden Brow series
Following recent news of local advice centres being swamped with clients in these troubled times comes the publication of this account of life at a fictional neighbourhood advice centre, set in a run-down part of a small Pennine town not far from Hebden Bridge.
A Place Like This details the comings and goings at the centre, where heroine Jess and her colleague Nick attempt to deal with a variety of problems, including evil spirits in someone's cellar, a pensioner's outlandishly large utility bills, and finding safe refuge for a trafficked young woman from Moldova. There is also the case of the missing aspidistra and the urgent need to re-house widowed Norah, at present living in a dog kennel, since her benefits were stopped. Jess meanwhile, has problems of her own, owing to the erratic life-style of her son, who has plastered Hebden Bridge with graffiti and is wanted by the police. An assortment of friends also need her support - but will anyone be there for Jess?
This is the long-awaited third volume of Mytholmroyd writer Jill Robinson's Berringden Brow trilogy, a sequel to the popular Memoirs of a Single Parent with a Crush and Sons and Lodgers, which was featured on BBC 4's Women's Hour. Readers who enjoyed the previous two books will no doubt relish "A Place Like This", although no knowledge of the previous books is required, and new readers can start here.... As with all Jill Robinson's writing, this book is a mixture of laugh-out-loud humour and sometimes unsettling truth.
Since the publication of her previous books, Jill Robinson has been in demand as a speaker for clubs and societies, at arts festivals, with readers' groups, and as a guest speaker on cruise ships, while the fame of her fictional Pennine valley has spread to places as far away as Botswana, USA, Canada and Australia.
Berringden Brow website - more info on the three Berringden Brow books