A Reply To Fans Of The Hollis Family Books
The book jacket for MIchelle Magorian's new book Impossible!

A Reply To Fans Of The Hollis Family Books

Michele would like to thank all the fans of the Hollis Family books, particularly L. Tilly and C Sykes. They very kindly wrote reviews on Amazon of Cuckoo In The Nest, A Spoonful Of Jam and Impossible!

Here is her message to them:

“Dear L.Tilley and C.Sykes,

I am delighted that you both love the Hollis Family books (Cuckoo in the Nest, A Spoonful of Jam and Impossible!)
The Henry that Elsie marries is the main character in another of my books: Just Henry.
I hope you enjoy that book too.”

Michelle

Here are some of the comments and reviews: (more…)

Continue Reading A Reply To Fans Of The Hollis Family Books

Mrs Beech

GMTLibretto

“When I wrote Goodnight Mister Tom I knew a lot more about William’s mother than I revealed in the book. I didn’t write more about her because it was Tom Oakley and Willie Beech’s story.

Some years after it was published, I was working on the musical with the composer Gary Carpenter and I felt that I needed to write the lyrics for two songs to show not only how disturbed and frightened she was but also to reveal her broken childhood and what led her to commit suicide.

Meanwhile, as the musical was being performed there was talk of a TV adaptation and I was introduced to the screenwriter Brian Finch. After it was given the go ahead I brought up the subject of Mrs Beech. I knew he would need to write scenes for her and I didn’t want her portrayed as evil even though her actions were abusive. And I told him about the songs.

(more…)

Continue Reading Mrs Beech