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Meet author Anne Bennett

Meet author Anne Bennett

Start Date: 14 February 2013 02:00 PM
End Date: 14 February 2013 03:00 PM

Anne Bennett

Meet author Annne Bennett

Please note: This event has been rescheduled from January 2013 due to inclement weather.

Anne Bennett was born in the Horsefair district of Birmingham. The daughter of Roman Catholic Irish immigrants, she grew up in a tight-knit community. For many years she taught in schools to the north of Birmingham, before an accident put paid to that career. This gave her the chance to write full time. She has four children and four grandchildren. In 2006, after sixteen years in a wheelchair, Anne was able to walk again. She is the author of almost 20 novels, and is a much-loved voice in the women’s saga genre.

If You Were the Only Girl
Their love crossed the class divide, but will it survive the ravages of war?
When Lucy’s father dies and her family is plunged into poverty, she is forced to take a job in service as a housemaid at Windthorpe House, home to the aristocratic Hetheringtons, who lost three of their four sons in the Great War. When their only remaining son, Clive, returns home from university, he and Lucy develop a strong bond, which only deepens as Lucy becomes indispensable to the family. Clive however, much to his family’s consternation, decides to volunteer to fight against the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War, though he returns injured and full of rage at the hated regime. As Lucy tends his wounds, the two fall in love and Clive is determined that the class difference won’t keep them apart. But Hitler’s troops are gathering and fate has something very different in store for both of them…

Praise for Anne Bennett

‘A powerful, heart-wrenching saga … of love, loss and family ties’ - Woman’s Weekly

‘The beauty of Anne’s books is that they are about normal people and are sewn through with human emotions which affect us all’ - Birmingham Post

‘A brilliant story and very gripping … Anne Bennett really brings the characters to life. It’s a great read. You won’t be able to put the book down’ - Yours

The Events

Anne will be visiting Ward End Library, Hall Green Library, Yardley Wood Library and Frankley Library. These events are free and to book tickets please contact the individual libraries.

Copies of Anne's new book will be on sale and as well as talking and reading from her book, Anne will also be signing books. For more details about Anne and her writing, please visit her website: www.annebennett.co.uk


Thursday 14 February, 10.30am-11.30am
Ward End Library, Washwood Heath Road, B8 2HF
Tel: 0121 464 0366. Contact: Saleem Ayub/Linda Millard

Thursday 14 February, 2pm-3pm
Hall Green Library, 1221 Stratford Road, B28 9AD
Tel: 0121 464 6633. Contact: Donna Matthews/Veronica Claridge

Friday 15 February, 10.30am-11.30am
Yardley Wood Library, Highfield Road, B14 4DU
Tel: 0121 464 2110. Contact: Marian Wolff/Christine Hughes

Friday 15 February, 2pm-3pm
Frankley Library, Frankley Community High School New Street B45 0EU
Tel: 0121 464 7676. Contact: Val Cotterill.

Venue Information

Hall Green Library
1221 Stratford Road
West Midlands
B28 9AD
Email Address:

Telephone Number: 0121 464 6633
Fax Number: 0121 464 0764

Buses - 5 and 6 stop outside the library and numbers 11 and 32 stop nearby.
Trains - Hall Green train station is a 5 minute walk.

Opening Hours: Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Facilities: Dyslexia Information Point, Room Hire, Sight Impaired Facilities