Back Home DVD

Three of my books (Back Home, Cuckoo in the Nest and A Spoonful of Jam) deal with how families struggled to live together again after the evacuees and their fathers returned home. Recently, I have been approached by readers, including teachers about Back Home, which is about a 12-year-old girl returning to war torn Britain after having lived in America for five years.

The book was made into a television film starring Hayley Mills (screenplay by David Wood) and won a Gold Award at the New York Film and Television Festival in 1990.

I know that many teachers who share Goodnight Mister Tom with their pupils also like to show them the John Thaw film. For those teachers and other readers who are interested in obtaining a DVD of this version of Back Home you can now order it at Vic’s Rare Films.

Click on the picture to purchase the film.

 
If you prefer to make an order by telephone their number is: 01276 34126.
Chris Smedley at Vic’s Rare Films has also generously offered to reduce the price from £14.95 to £9.95 for our readers – just mention where you read this when you order.

For all enquiries, their email address is: enquiries@vicpine.co.uk

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: Read more >>>>

A Third Book For Barrington Stoke Publishers

Barrington_StokeMichelle is proud to have her third book published by Barrington Stoke, the foremost publisher of super-readable short fiction by some of the very best children’s authors and illustrators in the UK. It’s called The Front Room and has illustrations by Vladimir Stankovic.

Each title has a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads to more children including reluctant and struggling readers and those with dyslexia or visual stress.

Click here to find out about all three 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. Read more >>>>