Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Felicity Fair Thompson talks about her book

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH – the story starts at Christmas in 1943 when three thousand people are forced to leave the coastal area. Harry, her young hero leaves his home in the village of Torcross at Slapton Sands with his mother and his little sister. Imagine – packing up, leaving everything you know and love behind, and not knowing why.

But Harry has left his most precious possession behind. And he goes back. And it’s just as Exercise Tiger is about to happen….

American President Harry Trueman once said: “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”

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HOLD TIGHT

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This gripping story opens on a drizzly winter afternoon in the suburbs. WPC Jane Velalley heads wearily back to the police station along the busy M27. Another few short hours will see her safe home with her husband and three-year-old adopted daughter Suzie.
In a sickening instant, however, all Velalley’s training and instinct as a police officer is challenged as the road, slick with rain and obscured by fog, suddenly becomes a tangle of wrecked vehicles and a gruesome discovery is made.
Half a day later, across town, and a young girl hurries a small child, stumbling and crying, across a large stretch of wasteland towards a grim-looking block of flats.
A little girl has disappeared. As a child protection officer, Velalley comes into her own as the hunt for the missing child escalates, but while she comforts the distraught mother her own personal life is under a new threat. Attempting to hold her own in a demanding, male-dominated environment Velalley has to be tough, but just how much can she take before the cracks start to show.
With just enough description, explicit as well as implicit, but no excess literary flab, the stage is set and the protagonists are adroitly realised, their individual person­alities expertly drawn with the attention to detail that is the accomplished author’s stock-in-trade.
Written with enormous sensitivity but never flinching from challenging issues, the plot weaves its way deftly through this societal minefield. Author Felicity Fair Thompson doesn’t pull her punches; as a reader you run the emotional gamut of the unfolding drama along with its characters. Like a behind-the-sofa, cushion-clutching Dr Who episode when you’re terrified to watch but unable to look away, Hold Tight is compelling reading.
I was completely caught up in the story – willing them to find the little mite; thoroughly invested and emotionally captured – I was hooked from page one.
Gill Kaye
Editor
ingénu/e magazine – south downs and high weald : issue 20

Hold Tight is available from your favourite book shop and on line www.wightdiamondpress.com

 

A missing child somewhere out there in the dark…

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From the author of The Kid on Slapton Beach

HOLD TIGHT
by Felicity Fair Thompson

Published by
WIGHT DIAMOND PRESS
ISBN 9780953512331
PRICE: £8.99 AN ORIGINAL PAPERBACK
Publication 26th March – Pre-order on Amazon and The Book Depository
Available to order at your local book shop

A missing child somewhere out there in the dark… no mother should have to wait alone. And what if…

In a race against time WPC Jane Velalley must use all her energy and wits and still hold tight to everything she loves and values most herself.
Child Protection – it’s a tough job. Could you do it? 

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