Wendy Unsworth spent her early years in Lincolnshire, England where she first developed a love of the countryside and wildlife. She is a passionate traveller and collector of new experiences, having lived for fourteen years in Central and Eastern Africa.
Writing has always been a part of her life; she began to work seriously on her first published novel, The Palaver Tree, in 2011. This story is a psychological drama based in the fictional, Cornish village of Berriwood, though it does borrow heavily from her experiences in Africa where much of the action takes place. There have been two more novels in the series. Beneathwood (2016) and Dirty Work (2017).
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My personal motto:
I do like quotes and inspirational sayings. If I was to adopt one as a motto I think it would be: “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass but about learning to dance in the rain.”
- A typical (work) day begins with… Tea. Two cups, while I browse emails and generally rouse myself for the day ahead.
- I lose track of time… when I am successfully lost in creativity, be it writing, knitting or sewing or working in my garden.
- I have always… been excited by travel and new experiences.
- I have never… been into outer space or invited the join the SAS and, though I would like to, I have lost hope and expect that I never will!
- Home means to me… comfort and a special place to create my own well being. A place to welcome family and friends.
- I am inspired by… determination to win through despite the odds.
- I would like to meet… oh, tricky! There are so many. For all the amazing stories he could tell, David Attenborough.
- My worst character trait… The inability to ever complete a project to my satisfaction.
- My best character trait… I like to think I work hard for myself and others.
- The best advice I was given… my sister remarked many years ago that, though I wasn’t rich, I lived as if I was. I took this as a never to be forgotten complement and as advice. Enjoying the good things in life, family, friends and special places makes me rich.
Dirty Work (Berriwood Series, #3)
A shallow grave.
A body to find.
But no one is looking.
Caroline Duke and her sister-in-law Marcie lead very different lives, but blood is thicker than water; they are close, they share things. Husband troubles.
Marcie has everything she could possibly want, funded by Nathan’s high-powered city job. She pays for her privileged position in lonely days and nights, while her husband works away.
Caroline is struggling with two jobs and out-of-work Pete, who brings in no money at all. He is never home either. He spends his evenings in bars and clubs and the occasional ditch.
But everything in the Duke family is set to change. And for the better. Pete declares he has given up drinking for good and is getting a job. Nathan announces his intention to work less, spend more time with Marcie.
A birthday dinner should be the perfect occasion to bring the four together. But when is a party not a party? When someone ends up dead.
Print length: 264 pages
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The fingers twitched momentarily; a slight, almost indiscernible movement, and he noted, with mild interest, that she was not quite dead.
The nails, exquisitely manicured, though too bling for his own, more minimal tastes, were torn, the hand traumatised. Ragged skin hung like slivers of grated cheese, ruched and curled. The thumb appeared to be curiously displaced.
Now, as he watched, the man paused; took a moment to consider his night’s good work. And it had been good, thorough and satisfying, though… Credit where credit’s due, he silently acknowledged, with a nod toward the fingers that still fired tiny, random gestures, almost reminiscent of a greeting…
The bitch had fought.
Even as her incapacity had begun to take hold, it had not deterred her from a relentless drawing of breath; the stuff of life sucked up with desperate, dogged determination. She had surprised him, impressed him. And though there was no longer any point to her feeble struggle, he understood this last, desperate flicker; could put himself in her position, so to speak, prone and confused, the earth closing in around her. Her muddied thoughts, he fancied, were still of life and he flattered himself to believe, also of him.
Beneathwood (Berriwood Series, #2)
A Cornish house, nothing more; slate and granite, tile and wood.
When Olivia Benson hears that her father has unexpectedly inherited Beneathwood she urges him to sell and be rid of it. She has never liked the dark and rambling old house and she has some good reasons…
… amongst them, the terrible sight of Auntie Edith, lying on the floor, smouldering.
But Olivia’s father has no such qualms. New retiree, Gordon Carroll, is eager to take up the challenge of renovation and, as he brings Beneathwood back to life, he begins to see the house not only as an asset but as home.
Beryl Carroll loves Beneathwood too… at least, she thinks she does. But when a box appears, seemingly out of nowhere, stuffed with remnants from her past, she begins to wonder if it is only she and her husband who have moved in.
Print length: 269 pages
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The Palaver Tree (Berriwood Series, #1)
Berriwood Village, Cornwall, England; quiet, uneventful like the pace of schoolteacher Ellie’s selfless, modest existence until John Hathaway stops to ask directions. Their chance meeting catapults her into a new role as wife of a wealthy businessman and resident of the most prestigious home in the area, the majestic Calico House.
But Gabriel Cole is coming to the village, and his presence will set into motion a chain of events that bring dramatic change to Ellie’s life again.
In the poor, chaotic but captivating surroundings of Central Africa, Ellie teaches at Cole’s school, The Hope Foundation. She finds friendship and purpose and, perhaps for the first time, real satisfaction and love in her life.
But this new peace and happiness is short-lived. As Ducana descends into political chaos Ellie is torn by doubt. Is the Hope Foundation really the benevolent, caring institution she first believed it to be? And is headmaster Gabriel Cole really their guardian angel?
Ellie’s unquestioning belief in fate and fair play are slowly shattered as she learns that others, close to her, have been drawn into the same web of manipulation and deceit.
Ellie is plagued by the injustice of what has happened, until the moment comes when she is presented with the choice to stubbornly hold on to her principles or take matters into her own hands…
Print length: 368 pages
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