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Allie Cresswell

Allie Cresswell

Biography

I was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as I could hold a pencil.

I did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

I have been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays I write full-time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

I have two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons, two Cockapoos, but just one husband - Tim. We live in Cumbria.

Books

The Book

Allie Cresswell

£1.99

The Amazon # 1 best-seller, this is a collection of short stories, travel-writing, reviews, excerpts and articles.
In 'The Book' a woman on a station platform has her life changed by the gift of a strangely powerful book. 'Baseball for Beginners' attempts to understand the subtleties of this nuanced game. In 'Many Rooms' three strangers who inhabit an inner city square find they have more in common than they think. 'Grave Secrets' explores the buried lives, hopes and dreams of the dead. In 'Open Day' the pinkest, fluffiest, most innocuous old lady at the old folks' home surprises everyone, including the Mayor. 'The Peach Side of Apricot' recalls a conversation overheard on a bus.

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The Hoarder's Widow

Allie Cresswell

£2.99

A novel by Amazon # 1 best-selling author Allie Cresswell. Suddenly-widowed Maisie sets out to clear her late husband's collection; wonky furniture and balding rugs, bolts of material for upholstery projects he never got round to, gloomy pictures and outmoded electronics, other people's trash brought home from car boot sales and rescued from the tip. The hoard is endless, stacked into every room in the house, teetering in piles along the landing and forming a scree up the stairs. It is all part of Clifford's waste-not way of thinking in which everything, no matter how broken or obscure, can be re-cycled or re-purposed into something useful or, if kept long enough, will one day be valuable. He had believed in his vision as ardently as any mystic in his holy revelation but now, without the clear projection of his vision to light it up for her as what it would be, it appears to Maisie more grimly than ever as what it is: junk.

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Tiger in a Cage: What secrets lurk behind closed doors?

Allie Cresswell

£2.99

A novel by Amazon # 1 best-selling author Allie Cresswell.
Who knows what secrets are trapped, like caged tigers, behind our neighbours' doors?
When Molly and Stan move into a new housing development, Molly becomes a one-woman social committee, throwing herself into a frantic round of communal do-gooding and pot-luck suppers. She is blinded to what goes on behind those respectable facades by her desire to make the neighbourhood, and the neighbours, into all she has dreamed, all she needs them to be.

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Relative Strangers: A British Family Story

Allie Cresswell

£2.99

A novel by Amazon # 1 best-selling author Allie Cresswell.
The McKay family gathers for a week-long holiday at a rambling old house to celebrate the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Robert and Mary. In recent years only funerals and sudden, severe illnesses have been able to draw them together and as they gather in the splendid rooms of Hunting Manor, their differences are soon uncomfortably apparent. For all their history, their traditions, the connective strands of DNA, they are relative strangers. There are truths unspoken, but the question is: how much truth can a family really stand?

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Tall Chimneys: A British Family Saga Spanning 100 Years

Allie Cresswell

$2.99

Awarded a silver medal by the influential Readers' Favourite website and winner of the One Stop Fiction Five Star Book Award, Tall Chimneys is the best-selling novel by Allie Cresswell.
Considered a troublesome burden, Evelyn Talbot is banished by her family to their remote country house. Tall Chimneys is hidden in a damp and gloomy hollow. It is outmoded and inconvenient but Evelyn is determined to save it from the fate of so many stately homes at the time - abandonment or demolition.

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Game Show: How easy is it to make good people do bad things?

Allie Cresswell

$2.99

A novel by Amazon # 1 best-selling author Allie Cresswell.
Imagine that for one night only you could do absolutely anything you wanted, and get away with it.
Welcome to Game Show.
It is 1992, and in a Bosnian town a small family cowers in their basement. The Serbian militia is coming - an assorted rabble of malcontents given authority by a uniform and inflamed by the idea that they're owed something, big-time, and the Bosnians are going to pay. When they get to the town they will ransack the houses, round up the men and rape the women. Who's to stop them? Who's to accuse them? Who will be left, to tell the tale?

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Mrs Bates of Highbury: A prequel inspired by Jane Austen's 'Emma'

Allie Cresswell

$2.99

The new novel from Readers' Favourite silver medalist Allie Cresswell.
Thirty years before the beginning of 'Emma' Mrs Bates is entirely different from the elderly, silent figure familiar to fans of Jane Austen's fourth novel. She is comparatively young and beautiful, widowed - but ready to love again. She is the lynch-pin of Highbury society until the appalling Mrs Winwood arrives, very determined to hold sway over that ordered little town.

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