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Crossing Borders cover4. THURSDAY JUNE 19 Crossing Borders, with words by  best-selling author Julia Gregson , and portraits by photographer, Alex Pownall, the book is  a celebration of diversity and achievement, of the women who live and work in the Wye Valley .

The  21 women featured in the book, include, Grand National trainer, Venetia Williams,  Revel Guest, documentary film maker and producer of the fim ‘War Horse,’  Mezzo soprano, Catherine King, potter Mary Rose Young, entrepreneur, Sally Bailey, Olympic athlete, Jenny McLoughlin, gardener and writer, Anne Wareham, Marian Voyce, butcher, Andrea McLean, artist and many others who have  received world-wide recognition in their field.

Crossing Borders is priced £20, and published by Graffeg.


We are delighted to be receiving a visit from Dinah Jefferies, whose debut novel has already been published abroad in several languages, and now in Britain by Penguin. Before becoming a novelist, Dinah worked in education, once lived in a 'rock 'n' roll' commune, and exhibited art. Nowadays she spends her days writing, with time off to make tiaras and dinosaurs with her granchildren!

The Separation, available for £7.99, is set during Malaya's forgotten war: the Emergency, which took place during the 1950s, and also in Worcestershire. It explores every mother's nightmare - the heartbreaking scenario when children go missing at such a dangerous time.

Now living in Cheltenham, Dinah Jefferies was born and lived in Malaya until she was nine, and will talk about what it was like growing up in a lush, idyllic setting... with the sound of gunfire in the distance. For the novel, she has also drawn on the experience of losing her son.

Deborah Rodriguez, bestselling author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul says of The Separation: "The tears are still streaming down my face... I have three words to describe this book: Captivating, Powerful and Passionate."

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