Mel Owen book signing at Broadhurst book shop Market Street Southport (Saturday 14th of December 2013)

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Mel Owen book signing at Broadhurst book shop Market Street Southport (Saturday 14th of December 2013)

Local Author, Mel Owen was signing copies of her latest book ‘The Shadow Of War’ at Broadhursts Book Sellers in Southport this afternoon (Saturday 14th December 2013)

Mel is pictured above (left) at today’s book signing .

J.M. Owen has been an English lecturer for over twenty years. She has spent most of her working life at Edge Hill University, where she is currently studying for her Doctoral thesis on John Galsworthy. Galsworthy was a prominent Nobel Prize winning Edwardian writer, and the subject of her thesis reflects her passionate interest in the Edwardian era, particularly in the position that women held in that society.

Her first book was originally published as Florence, and is due to be re-released under the title of Dark Secrets of the Deed Box. It concerned the power struggle between men and women in the late Victorian and early Edwardian era, and the ultimate helplessness of women in a society in which they had no voice. The Shadow of War is her second book and charts the impact of the First World War on a working class woman, Amy, who is employed as a lady’s maid on a large Cheshire estate, Leaversham Hall, at the beginning of the war. It details the impact the war had on the family and large army of servants and estate workers that they employed. Almost immediately the war began, it cast a long shadow, which slowly, yet surely, extinguished all light and life from the Hall, tragically altering the life of the family forever. Ironically, however, the war had the opposite effect on the life of Amy. It opened up undreamed opportunities for her, as she left domestic service and enlisted as a V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nursing assistant.

Her work took her on a journey from war torn London to Active Service on the Western Front, where she witnessed first-hand the brutality of war, and the unbelievable bravery of the ordinary men who endured life in the hell of the trenches. Amazingly, this extraordinary series of events also brought Amy love, as a deeply passionate affair developed between her and the war damaged heir to Leaversham Hall, Guy. Set against the backdrop of war, their love flourished against all expectations, but the war nearly took away all their happiness, and the affair had a most unexpected outcome. Next year is the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War, and there are many high profile events organised to commemorate it, which makes the The Shadow of War a novel which is contemporarily relevant, especially as it is written from the point of view of a woman.

It must be stressed, however, that whilst the subjects of J. M. Owen’s books are serious, her books are eminently readable and enjoyable. They have been described as ‘page turners’, with many, many, readers commenting that they could not put them down.

For more information please call Broadhursts on 01704 532064 Broadhursts, Market Street, Southport.

Telephone: 01704 532064 fax: 01704 542009 Email Broadhursts: [email protected] Business Website Address:

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