Borough Press’ editor Charlotte Cray meets debut novelist Jennifer Ryan, the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.
In this conversation they delve into life in the invented idyllic English village of Chilbury and meet all of its delightful and unsavory characters – with some lovely readings from the book. But most important of all, they meet its subversive all-female choir that fights for its place during WW2.
From Party Granny to Shakespeare Granny, we hear about the characters in Jennifer’s life that inspired this novel too. And the genesis of this novel of letters: how Jennifer steeped herself in the letters from the period and buried herself in the diaries from the governmental Mass Observation Project.
Plug in to hear a part giggly, part serious conversation about a warm, funny and big-hearted novel of wartime gumption and village spirit which will make your heart sing out – and meet a brilliant new voice in fiction.