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Jenny Twist

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Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.
She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist’s assistant (she was The Lovely Tanya), she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history, at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.
She stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met and married her husband, Vic.
In 2001 they retired and moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dogs and cat. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, knitting and attempting to do fiendishly dif

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Jenny Twist Hi Alison

This is very nice. The most popular is Domingo's Angel. I honestly don't have a favourite. That and All in the Mind are probably the closest …more
Hi Alison

This is very nice. The most popular is Domingo's Angel. I honestly don't have a favourite. That and All in the Mind are probably the closest I've done to romance.
I'm intrigued by your two books in German. They don't seem to be translations of any of your other titles. Did you write them in German?
Which of your books would you recommend? I must say I feel quite drawn to The Double. We could always just swap review copies.
Are you still living in the Basque country?

Jenny Twist Hello, KG
I'm so glad you enjoyed Domingo.
I would say that the book is based not so much on my own experience as a newcomer (we were pretty much welcom…more
Hello, KG
I'm so glad you enjoyed Domingo.
I would say that the book is based not so much on my own experience as a newcomer (we were pretty much welcomed with open arms and I already had my love of my life) but definitely on the experiences of my friends and neighbours. So, I suppose I'd have to say mainly research.
None of the characters are based on any one individual, although I do know a goatherd who fell in love with an English girl. The story of Salva the Baker is real but I changed his name. The other characters are amalgamations of people I know.
All the events to do with the war and the fascist regime really happened somewhere in Spain, although not necessarily in my own village.
I did a lot of text book research (this was before I discovered Google) and talked to a few survivors (most Spanish people are very reluctant to talk about the war).
Angela's reaction to discovering that the reason all the older women wore black was that they were all widows was pretty much my own. Prior to that I had imagined it was a kind of 'badge of honour' denoting status attained by old age.
I am still learning about the civil war and Franco's regime. There are more atrocities uncovered all the time.
Let me know if you'd like to follow up on this. I can recommend some books on the subject.

So nice to speak to you

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In 1936 six young men left England to fight against the fascists in Spain. Only one came home. He left behind the love of his life and his precious mandolin. Then came the letter . . .the letter that changed everything.
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Description: Lucy likes to stare at the wall. Her mother thinks she is suffering from petit mal but Granny McCurdle says, “ Och, she's away wi' the fairies again.” Nobody takes this literally until Lucy disappears. Her sister knows where she's gone, but who would believe her? Can she really have gone to Fairyland?
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Description: Tilly wakes up in the dark, alone and very frightened. She finds she is in a strange room inexplicably furnished in 1940s style. However did she get here? Has she somehow slipped into the past? Has she been kidnapped? Of one thing she is absolutely certain, she has never seen this place in her life before. All in the Mind is a fascinating tale exploring the human capacity to overcome any obstacle, no matter how great, as long as you believe you can. Tilly is part of an experiment working on a cure for Alzheimer's disease. She and most of the other patients taking part in the experiment seem to make a full recovery, but there is a strange side effect. Tilly and her fellow experimental subjects appear to be getting younger. Can the same experiment be repeated for Tilly's beloved husband so that he can recover from a stroke? Tilly thinks it can and she will move heaven and earth to make sure it happens. A charming and thought-provoking story full of reminiscences of a bygone age, All in the Mind also deals with the dilemmas posed by new developments in a society whose culture is geared to the idea that the natural span of a human life is three-score years and ten.
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Jean Hill hi jenny. thank you for adding me. i'm new author on here. please take a look just published! country life. my true story of shocks? & surprises! new on kindle-- tyou jean .

Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend

Douglas Wickard Jenny, thank you! And, you are quite prolific yourself, young lady!! WOW!! I will have to check out your work!

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