Sea Babies by Tracey Scott-Townsend @authortrace @Wildpressed #LoveBooksGroupTours

Thank you to Sarah for hosting my Sea Babies narrative poem on her blog, as part of the #SeaBabies #LoveBooksGroupTours


Book Description:

Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a social worker. When somebody sits opposite her at the cafeteria table, she refuses to look up, annoyed at having her privacy disturbed.But a hand is pushing a mug of tea towards her, and a livid scar on the back of the hand releases a flood of memories.

Some people believe in the existence of a parallel universe. Does Lauren have a retrospective choice about the outcome of a terrible recent accident, or is it the bearer of that much older scar who has the power to decide what happens to her now? 

Content Post:

SEA BABIES Narrative Poem (Based on the author’s novel) By Tracey Scott-Townsend

It was always about the baby.

Not long afterwards, I wondered how I could grieve so much

For someone that I never knew


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#TenThings about Tracey Scott-Townsend #SeaBabies @authortrace @wildpressed

I enjoyed sharing thoughts and memories on Joanne’s blog.

Portobello Book Blog

I’m delighted to welcome Tracey Scott-Townsend to the blog today with a fascinating and very personal #TenThings, accompanied by some wonderful photographs.

Ten Things about Tracey Scott-Townsend

1- I am Mother.

For six years it was to a Little
Girl Lost. In my imagination, I left her on the last walk I took during my
six-month pregnancy, along the clifftop at Kilnsea in the East Riding of
Yorkshire, on a path that has now been swallowed by the sea. My only memorial
to her is the mudflats, the river beach and the wild sea itself. And everything
I write. Six years afterwards I gave birth to Felix, in the same hospital. The
old maternity hospital in Hull is now a ruin and they’ve built a new(ish)
maternity unit attached to Hull Royal Infirmary. But memories are never
swallowed by the tide of years as land is by nature and the…

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Book Review: The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson by Helen Kitson

A middle-aged woman. The hankering memory of a lost-but-perfect-friendship. A one-hit literary wonder. Gabrielle Price has tucked away the potential of a more fulfilling life and lives with her cat in a tiny cottage in a village where nothing much happens. She works as a housekeeper for the vicar, her days marked by routine, and her life seems no more set to change than the life of the sleepy village does.

Then Simon inveigles his way in, and everything does change. A mysterious letter-writer turns out not to be who they say they are but Gabrielle’s vanity has already entrapped her into a seductive but misrepresentative relationship with Simon. He arrives in her village during a snowstorm with a rucksack and no way of getting home, and Gabrielle is forced to take him into her home.

Throughout the narrative of this book we watch Gabrielle sinking into a murky mixture of desire and mistrust, led into the centre of the maze of Simon’s fury and need.
The truth of the past will have to come out in the end.

This is a beautifully-written book full of anguish and regret but in the end, hope. The narrative is unhurried but there are no extraneous words to slow it down. It’s clear to me that the author is a poet. And like every good story, it contains a dark secret. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed such books as Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and Claire Fuller’s Swimming Lessons.

Book Review: The Blue Bench


In 1920, William and Edward arrive in Margate, Edward to play piano for the summer season at the Winter Gardens. William is his manager. Both men carry the emotional scars of their time on the battlefields of the First World War and Edward has spent many months being put back together physically, following his appalling injuries. He wears a tin mask over the missing part of his face and he and William frequently joke about painting the benches in the seaside town blue.

Evelyn has also recently arrived in the town, to assist the younger wife of her clergyman-father’s oldest friend in their tea shop before the birth of Alice’s baby. Evelyn’s evening job is in the cloakroom at the Winter Gardens where she quickly becomes close friends with Catherine, who works in the ticket office.

The four of them become entwined in each other’s lives. Every character is utterly believable and the townscape and landscape of Margate, as well as the hop fields of Kent and the interiors of the various guest houses, musical venues and tea shops – and the moving descriptions of the amassed crowds in London, welcoming the coffin of The Unknown Soldier – are evoked crystal-clear in my mind as I read.

The scene at the very beginning of the book is set twenty years after the main narrative, and the final scene of the book is set one year after that, and it made me want to cry!

An informative, well-written and poignant story of the devastation left behind by war. From my point of view, I would only have wanted to increase the pace of the writing in some places, as I sometimes felt a scene would be cut off at a crucial point and a new scene begun, during which the reader was given a summing-up of what had happened in the last one. In some ways, though, this is appropriate to the detachment from strong emotions indicative of people’s behaviour at the time.

Recommended for lovers of historical fiction about the emotional and social consequences of war.

Sea Babies by Tracey Scott – Townsend

Thank you so much to Trace Ford in her reading shed, for this wonderful endorsement of #SeaBabies

The Reading Shed

My last #BookReview of 2018. And boy it’s a belter from the local #indiepublisher @Wildpressed … Once again @authortrace had me gripped with this wonderfully written book.

This is the second book I have read of Tracey’s and I’m a massive fan.

Sea Babies is a psychologist drama set mainly in the Outer Hebrides and Edinburgh from the 1980s to the present. As a teenager in the 80s this book isn’t too ” historical” for me so had me completely ensnared in every turn of each page.

I love the characters and the way Tracey brings them to life. It’s wonderful and I can see Sea Babies sailing off the shelves.


In September 2016, Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a children’s social worker. She’s also struggling to come to terms with the recent drowning of a Sheena…

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Two poems by Tracey Scott-Townsend

Thank you to Kirsten Luckins, for including two of my “Postcards from the Van” on the Celebrating Change Blog.

Celebrating Change

In the wake of our short season of ‘changing home’ poems as selected by Clive Birnie, we’re making the executive decision to feature just a handful more poems that were mentioned honourably in dispatches! Here are two from Hull-based poet, author and publisher Tracey Scott-Townsend, which contrast living in a van with the lure of bricks-and-mortar.

Marsh Tide

When we parked the van it was beside salt marshes.
Later, on our return, the sea had flowed onto the land,
Obscuring ditched slices of green.
Where before, sheep had grazed,
Restless water now raced so close to our van it appeared, from the window
That we were on a boat.
As darkness fell I knelt with my arms on the sill,
Fixated on the rushing tide.
The dogs dozed on the bench beside me,
While gentle snores rose from the bed behind.

House Viewing

History’s croft lines are visible on…

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‘As free as a caged bird…’

I just wanted to share this wonderful review on @books_b_t_story’s blog of And the Swans Began to Sing, by Icelandic author Thora Karitas.


Good morning all, I am on another Random Things blog tour today! And The Swans Began To Sing by Thora Karitas Arnadottir is out January 10th 2019!


Gudbjorg Thorisdottir is born into a happy Icelandic family in 1952, the second child of loving parents and followed by three further siblings. They live upstairs in Mörk, a painted corrugated iron house in Reykjavik that has been in the family for generations. Their home is dominated by Gudgjorg’s grandfather, who lives in the ground-floor apartment with her aunt, uncle and cousins. Next door to Mörk is Little-Farm, the original old stone house with a coal cellar that Gudbjorg calls the Black Hole.
Gudbjorg is frightened of the Black Hole because horrible things happen down there. She lives with a secret that she can’t tell anybody, because Grandpa says that her family will lose their home if she does. Grandpa buys her…

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Staying in with Tracey Scott-Townsend

Thank you to Linda Hill for hosting Bex, Rebecca and I for a lovely evening in at hers (with Vol au vents).

Linda's Book Bag

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About 18 months ago I went to a fabulous event, Oceans of Words, at which Tracey Scott-Townsend was speaking and you can see my write up here. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Tracey properly and she’s so lovely that I had to invite her onto Linda’s Book Bag to tell me about one of her books. I have also had the pleasure of reviewing some of Tracey’s poetry in So Fast and you can read that review here.

Staying in with Tracey Scott-Townsend

I absolutely loved reading So Fast, Tracey so it gives me very great pleasure to welcome you to Linda’s Book Bag today. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

another rebecca

I’ve brought Another Rebecca along today since this is my most recently published work. Actually it’s a second edition: it…

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#CoverReveal for And the Swans Began to Sing by Thora Karitas Arnadottir @Wildpressed

Thank you to Donna for her part in the cover reveal of Thora Karitas‘ #AndtheSwansBegantoSing, publication date 10th January 2019.


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Today I am delighted to be one of the bloggers taking part in the cover reveal for And The Swans Began to Sing by Thora Karitas Arnadottir and I think it is gorgeous!

I can share with you the blurb below – the book releases on the 10th January 2019 and I, for one am definitely looking forward to reading it!!

The swans on the pond began to sing. It was a singing so loud they were almost screaming, as if they were encouraging me to release what I had kept inside for so long.

Gudbjorg Thorisdottir has been hiding from the ghost of an ugly secret for most of her life. When she finally faces the truth of what happened in her childhood, the ghost floats away. Painting an evocative picture of life in Iceland, this is the story of a little girl who didn’t know how unnatural it…

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