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    A dragon carved in the hillside near Wormingford
 Image: Tom Leighton
circle, Rose reluctantly begins to investigate. In an Ian Fleming meets Douglas Adams romp, she makes new connections that help her grow and flourish and tackle the villain responsible. Still, in the end, she finds she needs the combined forces of the entire Feral WI worldwide to succeed in combatting this new threat to their way of life.
“I wrote it as a direct result of joining the excellent London Writers' Salon on Zoom. They are primarily an accountability group offering free support for anyone who wants to be creative, whether in the form of journalism, professional writing, poetry, or art, or simply to spend an hour a day writing your diary. I’d recommend them to any new writers.”
around author’s Bures childhood
Sherry Tolputt, left, with artwork, above and below, from her new book
 there is a wonderful stained glass window showing a fearsome ‘dragon’ – obviously a crocodile – with a pair of white legs waving from its mouth, being threatened by a knight on a white charger. After seeing this as a child, and long before they became commonplace
in children’s books, television and adverts, I became fascinated by dragons, and my first foray into writing fiction, aged eight, was inspired by this myth. More recently, a local landlord marked the millennium by cutting a huge dragon into the hillside nearby. I visit as
often as I can, delighted to see the legend still being celebrated in this way.”
Liz Trenow is a former journalist who spent 15 years on regional and national newspapers, and on BBC radio and television news, before turning her hand to fiction. The Secrets of the Lake is her eighth novel. The Forgotten Seamstress reached the top 20 in the New York Times best seller list and The Last Telegram was nominated for a national award. Her books are published all over the world and translated into
many languages. She now lives in nearby Colchester
with her artist husband, and they have two grown up daughters and three grandchildren.

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