'Stockett makes the difficult subject of early 1960s racism accessible and relevant through three compelling voices: two African-American maids (one obedient, one outspoken) and an aspiring journalist who work together to expose the dreadful working conditions in Jackson, Mississippi. Full of danger, scandal and hope, The Help packs a powerful punch, leaving you in utter disbelief that these events were a shocking reality only 50 years ago.'
Laura Steven, Staff Writer
'A revealing look at wartime Britain from behind the doors of London's most prestigious hotels. Mendaciously advertising themselves as bomb-proof safe havens during the Blitz, hotels like the Savoy and the Dorchester became shelters for an eccentric cast of politicians, spies, conmen, deposed royals and revolutionary subversives. This meticulously researched hoard of anecdotes about the hotels' guests and staff paints a surprisingly comprehensive picture of the wartime experience across the social spectrum.'
Roz Tuplin, Arts Editor
Author On Your Doorstep
Val Scully is a conservation volunteer at Gibside and Cherryburn, and she's just published a novel inspired by both places. Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree is set in 1919 and the modern day, and explores family, the past and the trauma of the First World War. The book is available on Amazon Kindle and from her website.