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Jennifer Ryan

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Hello, I'm the author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, which came out in February, 2017. It is my very first novel. Before becoming a writer, I was a nonfiction book editor, editing books about politics and economics, travel and health, and biography and memoir. I worked in London before moving to the Washington, DC, area ten years ago with my husband and two children.

I was born in a village in Kent, England, not too far away from the fictional village of Chilbury. The novel is based on the stories of my grandmother who was twenty when the Second World War began, mostly hilarious tales about bumping into people in the blackout, singing in the air raid shelters, and the freedoms women had during the war years--the excitement and romance. She a
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Jennifer Ryan Thank you so much for your lovely praise! I'd love to see Chilbury come to life on the screen too, and the production company behind Downton Abbey,…moreThank you so much for your lovely praise! I'd love to see Chilbury come to life on the screen too, and the production company behind Downton Abbey, Carnival, have optioned the TV rights, which means they will hopefully decide to make it. I really hope they do, although I have no idea who would appear in it. Do you have any suggestions for the actors?(less)
Jennifer Ryan I'm thinking of writing one next, so I'll keep you posted! Thank you so much for your question. I'm delighted that you enjoyed those brave and…moreI'm thinking of writing one next, so I'll keep you posted! Thank you so much for your question. I'm delighted that you enjoyed those brave and spirited ladies!(less)
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Q: What do you do if sweets and candies are rationed and you haven't seen an ice cream in years?

A: Find an enormous carrot, peel it, push in onto a stick, and hand it your kids for a special treat.

Sugar was one of the first things rationed in WW2 Britain, closely followed by butter, jam, cakes, cookies, and all things sweet, leaving it difficult to celebrate special dates. Millions of children... Read more of this blog post »
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“Then I looked out onto the horizon myself and realized that loss is the same wherever you go: overwhelming, inexorable, deafening. How resilient human beings are that we can learn slowly to carry on when we are left all alone, left to fill the void as best we can. Or disappear into it.”
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“She didn't say anything, just a long, quiet "shhhh," as if she had learned that the troubles of the world could be absorbed and deafened by slow, steady wistfulness, and I suddenly understood that she'd been silencing the noise for the past twenty years.”
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“I took a deep breath of the syrupy sweetness of summer, suffused with bees and birds, and I thought to myself how beautiful this world can be. How lucky we are to be here, to be part of it, for however long we have.”
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