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I have always wanted to write a novel. In childhood I was a bookworm, a lover of Anne of Green Gables, What Katie Did, Little Women, followed by bolting through all the novels of Nancy Mitford, Daphne Du Maurier and Jane Austen. When I was eleven my English teacher Mrs Kelham tasked our class with writing a novel in a blue exercise book.  Mine was about a Victorian family, and an adventure the siblings get drawn in to at the Great Exhibition of 1851. It wasn’t long until my story had filled five exercise books. I was disrupting the lessons, because instead of reading aloud their stories, my classmates only wanted to hear the latest romantic escapades of my heroes and heroines. At twelve I wrote a play called Jolly Hockysticks a satire about the posh mothers who collected from the school gates. My late grandmother laughed through the whole performance, always at the parts I intended to be serious, and she told everyone that I had to write. I kept her words in the back of my mind for a long time.

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Someone asked me the other day ‘What took you so long?’ Well I have loved every second of my career in publishing. I started as a bookseller where some brilliant colleagues brought my very classically educated reading tastes bang up to date.  While working as a bookseller I realised that some lucky person got to look after authors, bring them in for signings, organise launch parties, even dress up as Where’s Wally. It was a light bulb moment when I heard that the job was called Publicity.  I went on to run the Press Office at Headline and it is not a job that leaves much spare time for writing.  Instead, I put a lot of energy and passion in to telling as many people as I could about authors like Penny Vincenzi, Patrick Gale and Maggie O’Farrell.

Lockdown came and online schooling and the need to escape in to something. We have a holiday houseboat in the harbour in Bembridge in the Isle of Wight, and I was missing it. I had seen an old Edwardian house on the beach near Seaview, and a family spilling out of it, off to all sail together and I started to wonder about them. I knew I wanted to write about a family, about mothers and daughters, about sisters, taking myself back to the favourite childhood books I loved to reread. Trapped at home, away from my happy place on the beaches of the Isle of Wight, a story set on the island began to form in my mind. I hope when you read it that you will feel some of my love for the island, and also notice that I was missing parties! There are quite a few of those in The Garnett Girls

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  • Georgina Moore In Conversation with Daisy Goodwin, about her new novel Diva
    Georgina Moore In Conversation with Daisy Goodwin, about her new novel Diva
    Tue, 12 Mar
    Lutyens and Rubenstein Bookshop
    12 Mar 2024, 18:30 – 19:30
    Lutyens and Rubenstein Bookshop, 21 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU, UK
    12 Mar 2024, 18:30 – 19:30
    Lutyens and Rubenstein Bookshop, 21 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU, UK
    Join us to hear more about Daisy Goodwin’s remarkable novel Diva, which brilliantly reimagines the life of Maria Callas, a woman whose extraordinary talent – and natural chic – made her a legend.
  • Oxford Literary Festival
    Oxford Literary Festival
    Wed, 20 Mar
    Oxford
    20 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
    Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, UK
    20 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
    Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, UK
    Bestselling novelists Lauren Beukes and Georgina Moore discuss family relationships, particularly between mothers and daughters, and their portrayal in their family dramas Bridge and The Garnett Girls.
  • Hungerford Bookshop
    Hungerford Bookshop
    Wed, 24 Apr
    Hungerford
    24 Apr 2024, 18:30 – 19:30
    Hungerford, 24a High St, Hungerford RG17 0NF, UK
    24 Apr 2024, 18:30 – 19:30
    Hungerford, 24a High St, Hungerford RG17 0NF, UK
    Fizz & Fiction: Georgina Moore and Becky Hunter In Conversation at The Hungerford Bookshop
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    Mostly Books
    Thu, 25 Apr
    Abingdon
    25 Apr 2024, 18:30 – 19:30
    Abingdon, 36 Stert St, Abingdon OX14 3JP, UK
    25 Apr 2024, 18:30 – 19:30
    Abingdon, 36 Stert St, Abingdon OX14 3JP, UK
    Georgina Moore will be In Conversation with Becky Hunter
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    TheBerwyn Bookshop
    Sun, 28 Apr
    Mynydd Isa
    28 Apr 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
    Mynydd Isa, Caffi Isa CIC, Mynydd Isa Library Community Centre, Mercia Dr, Mynydd Isa, Mold CH7 6UH, UK
    28 Apr 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
    Mynydd Isa, Caffi Isa CIC, Mynydd Isa Library Community Centre, Mercia Dr, Mynydd Isa, Mold CH7 6UH, UK
    Georgina Moore and Becky Hunter In Conversation
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    Love Stories etc Festival at Manchester Library
    Sat, 13 Jul
    Manchester Library
    13 Jul 2024, 13:10 – 14:10
    Manchester Library, 76 Main St, Manchester, NH 03102, USA
    13 Jul 2024, 13:10 – 14:10
    Manchester Library, 76 Main St, Manchester, NH 03102, USA
    HOPE: A panel event with Georgina Moore, Ruth Hogan, Eva Verde and Caroline Day
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