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November’s Book Of The Month – Ellie and the Harp Maker by Hazel Prior

Ellie, the eponymous character in Ellie and the Harp Maker, is a dreamer but recently Ellie has stopped dreaming and her world has become very small. She spends her time keeping a perfect home for her husband, Clive, and trying to keep him happy. Dan needs peace and order. He likes perfectly triangular sandwiches, the way coffee smells of sunshine and harvest, and the sound of birdsong that drifts into his harp-making workshop on Exmoor. His life is quiet, predictable, and safe. When Ellie’s and Dan’s worlds collide and a secret emerges, their lives are changed forever. This lyrical, beautiful story with delightful, unusual characters is the debut novel of real-life harpist, Hazel Prior. The rolling hills of Exmoor make the landscape seem almost like an additional character and gives the story the feel of a modern day fairy tale. This is a lovely, uplifting novel which I think will appeal to lovers of Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.

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Carole Ludlow

I was terrified of going through the menopause and whilst I glided through relatively unscathed, I didn't entirely escape its attempts to knock me down I firmly believe there is a positive side the menopause and to being an older woman in the 21st century. In my fifties I trained as a fitness instructor, which I did as a side hustle to my regular job of a college librarian. I also took up belly dancing and danced on stage in a city theatre and created my own fitness classes with hula hoops. Last year at the age of 61 I ditched the library job and now buy and sell vintage jewellery, run fitness classes and work part time from home in a customer services role. It ain't over till its over.

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