Join author Janet Denny who will be talking about her award-winning memoir The Man on the Mantelpiece at Chichester Library, 19.15, Monday 11 April 2016.
On the first day of World War II Jim begins a diary; an ardent 18-year-old pacifist, nothing will persuade him to fight. 70 years later his daughter discovers his writing, now he is married and has volunteered for RAF Bomber Command.
Why did he change his mind? What happened to the man Janet has only known as the young hero in his photo on the mantelpiece? She traces her father’s struggle and finds the reason she never really knew him.
Janet Denny grew up in London. She trained as a nurse at Westminster hospital and went on to become a midwife and health visitor.
She began writing stories in her head while her family restored a derelict fifteenth-century farmhouse in Sussex. While scraping rot from woodworm-eaten timbers and re-pointing old brickwork, Janet let her imagination fly.
After 25 years of running a busy retail business, Janet returned to fiddling around with words. In 2014, she graduated from University of Chichester with an MA in Creative Writing and now she is coming to nearby Chichester Library to talk about her first book.
Tickets for this book talk cost £4.00 and are available from Chichester Library.