451: Signed copy of Two for Joy by Helen Chandler

Two for Joy by Helen ChandlerITEM: Signed copy of Two for Joy by Helen Chandler

Julia and Toby have been friends for years, but apart from a couple of drunken snogs in their university days, there’s never been anything more than friendship between them. It’s only when Toby goes through a dramatic break up with his gorgeous ballerina girlfriend Ruby, that he and Julia realises they’re meant to be together.

Then Ruby drops a bombshell – she’s pregnant – and though he feels torn in two, Toby feels he has to give their relationship another chance.

Heartbroken Julia is left to lick her wounds in her little Walthamstow home, thinking she has lost Toby forever. But things soon become much more complicated . . .

Helen has a lifelong passion for books and reading – everything from Geoffrey Chaucer to Jane Green. She read English at Oxford University, then realised to her distress that it wasn’t really possible to make a living from reading books and talking about them, so completed the NHS Management Training Scheme and worked as a general manager in various healthcare organisations until giving up (paid) work when her daughter was born in 2009.

Still reading voraciously (what else are those 3am feeds for?), she also decided to try writing as well, partly to claim some vaguely intellectual time for herself in the midst of the nappy changes, and partly because she’d always wondered if she could, and this seemed like the perfect time to find out. Her first novel, Two for Joy, was completed in any spare minutes she could get when her daughter was either asleep (rare) or could be palmed off onto one of her grandparents for a little while, and was published by Hodder and Stoughton in June 2013.

Her second novel, To Have and to Hold, will be published summer 2014, and her blog, A Life More Ordinary, can be found at http://www.helenchandler.co.uk.

Other than reading, Helen’s main passions are food – reading about it, shopping for it, cooking it, eating it, and sometimes just thinking about it -, and London.

Helen lives in East London with her husband and daughter.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


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