I was born in Mitcham, which used to be in Surrey but is somewhere else now.  I went to Wickham Common Primary School - many years ago - and then Bromley Technical High School for Girls in Chislehurst, although it's now called Bullers Wood School for Girls. In the early seventies I read English at Essex University but that was before I was married. So if you remember me from any of those places I was called Alison Tilbrook.

I've been living in the West Country for over twenty years now. I live in a village called Great Elm with my husband and our dog, Billy.  My children have all moved on now, although they tend to come back from time to time.

I love writing, shopping (clothes only - not food) and spending time with my family - and sometimes I enjoy hacking things down in my garden and then planting little things that often die or at other times struggle on from year to year producing nice flowers. I go swimming as often as possible in the beautiful setting of Babington House.

My best day would be spent in a hot country that has long sandy beaches, lying by a hotel pool (with a good book) - hotel having a reasonable number of stars, and serving the odd glass of wine and delicious food that I (obviously) haven't cooked.

My first book, The Man Who Didn't Go To Newcastle was published in April 2015.  The book is a memoir in diary form about the last few months of my brother's life in the summer of 2007.  The book was discussed on the Clare Balding Show on Radio 2 in June.

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