Living on a building site: behind Day Three on #AnotherRebecca blog tour

Wednesday 5th September saw two bloggers posting on the #AnotherRebecca #blogtour! The first was renowned and beloved blogger Anne Williams. She published my #guestpost about living on a building site as a teenager, while my dad single-handedly built the family a new home. You can read it here: Being Anne ~ Guest Post by Tracey Scott-Townsend 

Here are some photos from my mum’s photo album, showing the progress of the build.

The Land

‘The Land’ just after we acquired it

Start the build

The foundations are laid and Dad begins to build the walls. You can see one of the caravans we lived in, and the old railway carriage in the left-hand background. Both of these appear in #AnotherRebecca 

added windows

We have window frames!

almost up

Almost at second-floor level

veg garden on the land

My sister Pip and me in Mum’s vegetable garden with our pets. (I’m wearing the yellow shirt)

The house took four years to build, with Dad laying bricks evenings and weekends while he was still also working for a local building firm. Looking back at the photos, I now understand what a brave and amazing thing my parents did. They sold the family home (in which I’d spent almost the entirety of my then sixteen years of life); moved into two rickety old caravans with the five of their children still living at home – onto a scrap of bare, cold land in the November of 1978. Read more about the experience here

That period of my life is influential in Rebecca’s circumstances in Another Rebecca. Due to poverty and her mum’s unreliability, the two of them are forced to move into a caravan on a similar piece of land, in a similar village to the real-life one that I lived in.

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The second Blog Tour post from Wednesday 5th September is Laura Morningstar’s wonderful review of Another Rebecca, which you can read on her blog here

I’ve posted a small sample (because it’s so good!) below:

This book deals with issues that many families may find themselves experiencing and for that reason parts can be hard to read. The book explores themes such as separated families, single parenting, money misuse and alcoholism as well as others. There is a starkness to the narrative of these situations that is blended skilfully with almost poetic imagery, neither negating the other instead the contrast of the two amplifying what you are reading.
This is a book that would be ideal for a book club as it leaves you with so much to discuss, it is one of those books that although the ending leaves you satisfied you are not quite ready to leave.
This is a hauntingly thought provoking tale that has the ability to be both heartbreaking and uplifting. It is beautifully crafted and cleverly combines a story of family conflict with elements of fantasy and the supernatural.

Thank you @LJMorningstar!

Follow the rest of the blog tour…

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You can pre-order the kindle version of #AnotherRebecca for only 99p!

 

Another Rebecca Blog Tour

DAY TWO: Portable Magic (@bantambookworm) Read my Q&A about #AnotherRebecca here

Here’s a little sample: What was your inspiration for Another Rebecca?

“The inspiration for Another Rebecca was There is No Night, a painting by Jack B. Yeats. My tutor directed me towards it during my Art Degree in the 1980s. On its own, the title was a massive inspiration to me; I find those words so evocative. But the oil painting is equally beautiful. The image is figurative-abstract. Brush-strokes suggest a white horse galloping towards the viewer in a richly-painted blue, green and violet landscape. In the foreground, a figure leans on one elbow as if about to rise to their feet. I wrote a short story based on There is No Night when I was a student, and twenty years later I rewrote it as the novel that finally became Another Rebecca.”

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Today marks the beginning of my first ever blog tour so I’m excited to see what the response will be. Since becoming a member of Book Connectors and The Book Club (TBC), amongst other reader-writer-and-blogger-connecting groups on social media I’ve been fascinated by and envious of these tours, and now it’s my turn!

You can read the first Blog Tour review from @BookishChat  Here

Here’s a little sample: “I have to admit that this book took me a little by surprise. The cover looks like you could be in for a nice gentle read. Well lemme tell you that the cover is deceiving. And boy am I glad it was! … If you enjoy a great family drama told from more than one perspective then this book is right up your street. With themes of grief, loss, addiction and family ties, this story is hard hitting and doesn’t get tied up in a pretty parcel of a conclusion. My favourite kind of ending.”

Look out for the rest of the review and posts on the tour!

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