A Fine Pair of Shoes and Other Stories by Clare Flynn

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A Tapestry of True Tales from Then and Now

A collection of nine short stories from award-winning historical fiction author Clare Flynn.

There are five historical tales – four based on stories from her family history, and a tragic tale, A Mother’s Love, from eighteenth century Sussex. The title story, A Fine Pair of Shoes, started out with her wish to capture and embroider the bare bones of a family story, based on her paternal great-great-grandparents’ trip to The Great Exhibition of 1851.

The Proposal draws on the tragic death of Clare’s maternal grandfather, killed on the Liverpool docks in 1934 when her mother was six.

She has also branched out into contemporary fiction with four intriguing stories – modern morality tales, set in England, Paris, the USA and an island in the Indian Ocean.
“Beautifully crafted, vividly brought to life on the page” these quirky stories give an insight into human nature at its best – and its worst.

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Amazon universal link – http://mybook.to/shoes

Nook and iTunes universal link – https://www.books2read.com/links/ubl/bzplWq/

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-fine-pair-of-shoes-and-other-stories

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Clare Flynn is the author of five historical novels, set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is a former global marketing director and owner of a strategy consultancy. After spells living and working in London, Paris, Milan, Sydney and Brussels, she now lives on the south coast of England.

In between writing novels she loves to paint and make quilts and she can see the sea and the South Downs from her windows. As often as possible she indulges her wanderlust by travel and pretends it’s all the name of research.
Clare’s novels feature places she knows well and she does extensive research to build the period and geographic flavour of her books. A common theme to her books is displacement ­– people forced out of their comfortable and familiar way of life and compelled to adapt to difficult and hostile circumstances often in a distant land.


Letters From a Patchwork Quilt by Clare Flynn

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In 1875 a young man, Jack Brennan, from a large and impoverished Catholic family refuses to be pushed into the priesthood and runs away to fulfil his dream of becoming a teacher.
Jack falls in love with another teacher, Eliza Hewlett, but his hopes and plans are thwarted when his landlord’s daughter, Mary Ellen MacBride, falsely accuses him of fathering the child she is expecting.
Rather than be forced to marry his accuser, Jack decides to run away to America with Eliza. Just as they are about to sail Jack is arrested and dragged from the ship, leaving Eliza alone en route to New York with just a few shillings in her pocket.
From the back streets of industrial Middlesbrough to the brewery city of St Louis the book “transports you to the time and place – not just visually but with the smells, sounds and atmosphere.”
5 Star award Readers’ Favorite ” A story of love, loss and tragedy; a heartbreaking and moving tale. “

Review quotes – “A heart-wrenching and gripping story of love lost” “You are totally drawn into the characters and live with them, empathise with them and share their emotions” “I could almost feel the heat of the blast furnaces as I was reading” “Grab wine and chocolate and curl up with this riveting book of love, loss, tragedy and hope”.
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website – http://www.clareflynn.co.uk
Author Bio:

529543_10151610059343615_2134871234_nClare Flynn is a former global marketing director and has run a successful strategic management consultancy and a web-based business.
She has published three novels, A Greater World, Kurinji Flowers and Letters From a Patchwork Quilt. Both A Greater World and Kuriji Flowers are recipients of the BRAG Medallion and Letters From a Patchwork Quilt has received the 5 Star award from Readers’ Favorite.
Clare lives in West London, UK and loves to travel – often to research the settings for her books. She also loves to dabble at watercolour painting and is an avid reader.

A GREATER WORLD by Clare Flynn

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When Elizabeth Morton hears her father wants her to travel to the other side of the world to marry a complete stranger, she decides he must be insane. It’s 1920 and a woman has rights – she might still be too young to vote, but she’s not going to be treated like a chattel. But she’s reckoned without the brother-in-law she’s always despised, who brutally shatters her comfortable world, leaving her no choice but to sail to Australia.

When Michael Winterbourne, a Cumbrian lead miner wakes up with a hangover after his engagement celebrations, he doesn’t know he is about to be the cause of a terrible tragedy that will change his life and destroy his family.

When Michael and Elizabeth meet on the SS Historic, bound for Sydney, they are reluctant emigrants from England. They may start to hope their troubles are over, but they’ll find they’re only just beginning.

A Greater World is set in the early 1920s, a period of transition between the old pre-World War One way of life and the post-War, with the coming Depression, major social change and the evolving role of women in society.
The setting moves from the dales of Cumberland and the docks of Liverpool to Sydney and the beautiful Blue Mountains.

What people have said about A Greater World

“A hugely compelling story that was difficult for me to put down. I was immediately transported to another world.”

“A beautifully written love story that survives against all the odds. The author has great skill in writing good dialogue which gives the story pace and heightens the drama and tension right up until the last page.”

“A great page-turner for the Summer. Twists and turns and the (inevitable!) happy ending. I look forward to Ms Flynn’s next book.”

“Really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down. Loved the characters and the atmosphere of Australia at that time. A good story well told.”

“An absorbing read”

“Twists and turns all along and a lovely ending”

“Absorbing, exciting, humorous in parts, racy, heart wrenching and epic”

(Reviews from Amazon, Facebook and author website)

About the Author
Clare Flynn lives in the UK in west London and runs a successful strategic management company although much of her time these days is spent writing. She speaks fluent Italian and loves spending time in Italy. In her spare time she likes to quilt, splash about with watercolours and travel as often and as widely as possible.

The first draft of A Greater World was lost when her laptop was stolen – so with gritted teeth she sat down and wrote it again – and is grateful to the burglar as it was much better next time around. Her next novel, Kurinji Flowers, set in India in the 1930s and 40s will be published later in 2014

More information on her fiction can be found at http://www.clareflynn.co.uk

Links to the book
A Greater World is available as an e-book exclusively on Amazon and in paperback in Amazon, Create Space and Barnes & Noble and other bookstores

Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1oQszbX
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/1v0vWT7
CreateSpace http://bit.ly/VsPO4J
Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/1m4Hgs2