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The New Bookshop Cockermouth

The New Bookshop in Cockermouth (brewery round the corner!)


Cockermouth is in the North Lakes and is most famous for being the birthplace of the Wordsworths and, more recently, the terrible floods of 2009 which destroyed the High Street and with it The New Bookshop. Thankfully, all has been restored and replaced and very pretty it is too, although high water markers along the high street are a grim (if incredible) reminder.

Both Ashley & I have spoken at a lot of book groups in the last nine months, but it’s rare for us to do a double act as editor and author.

Farangi Girl bookgroup, The New Bookshop, Cockermouth, Travelling Editor

Watching her present her book is always fascinating, not least because she gives a detailed history of Iran and the West, the politics, double-dealings, the working of the ‘puppet’ Shah and the complexity of the region which forms the backdrop to her memoir. It is the stuff

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of spy novels and actually little enough known. She had also brought some wonderful photographs with her of the family which enrich her story still further.

Farangi Girl bookgroup, The New Bookshop, Cockermouth, Travelling Editor

Ashley, Gillian and Catherine at The New Bookshop

But, as often happens, of equally great interest was the process of writing and editing and how it works. Why, in fact, did Ashley decide to write the book in the first place? I’m attaching a link to an earlier blog of Ashley’s which answer some of those questions.

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