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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

Author photo credit: Szerdi Nagy
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  • Rye Bookshop with Kirsty Capes
    Rye Bookshop with Kirsty Capes
    Tue, 25 Jun
    The Rye Bookshop
    25 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 20:00
    The Rye Bookshop, 25 High St, Rye TN31 7JF, UK
    25 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 20:00
    The Rye Bookshop, 25 High St, Rye TN31 7JF, UK
    Georgina Moore and Kirsty Capes In Conversation. We will be talking about our novels The Garnett Girls and The Girls, dysfunctional families, sisters and absent mothers.
  • Love Stories etc Festival at Manchester Library
    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
  • Berwyn Bookshop
    Berwyn Bookshop
    Sun, 14 Jul
    The Berwyn Bookshop
    14 Jul 2024, 14:00 – 15:30
    The Berwyn Bookshop, Caffi Isa CIC, Mynydd Isa Library Community Centre, Mercia Dr, Mynydd Isa, Mold CH7 6UH, UK
    14 Jul 2024, 14:00 – 15:30
    The Berwyn Bookshop, Caffi Isa CIC, Mynydd Isa Library Community Centre, Mercia Dr, Mynydd Isa, Mold CH7 6UH, UK
    Georgina Moore and Becky Hunter In Conversation about their novels The Garnett Girls and Meet Me When My Heart Stops
  • Bury St Edmunds Festival
    Bury St Edmunds Festival
    Sat, 12 Oct
    The Unitarian Meeting House
    12 Oct 2024, 18:00 – 20:00
    The Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate St, Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1RH, UK
    12 Oct 2024, 18:00 – 20:00
    The Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate St, Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1RH, UK
    Georgina Moore & Bobby Palmer talk to Kate Sawyer about family dramas
  • Bridport Literary Festival
    Bridport Literary Festival
    Sat, 09 Nov
    The Electric Palace
    09 Nov 2024, 12:00 – 13:00
    The Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport DT6 3NY, UK
    09 Nov 2024, 12:00 – 13:00
    The Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport DT6 3NY, UK
    Georgina Moore interviewing Daisy Goodwin about her novel about Maria Callas, Diva
  • Clifton Literary Festival
    Clifton Literary Festival
    Sat, 16 Nov
    Clifton Library
    16 Nov 2024, 13:30 – 14:30
    Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria St, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BX, UK
    16 Nov 2024, 13:30 – 14:30
    Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria St, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BX, UK
    Georgina Moore In Conversation
  • Georgina Moore and Kirsty Capes In Conversation
    Georgina Moore and Kirsty Capes In Conversation
    Fri, 07 Jun
    Parade's End Bookshop, Kingston
    07 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Parade's End Bookshop, Kingston, Ham Parade, 406 Richmond Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5PU, UK
    07 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Parade's End Bookshop, Kingston, Ham Parade, 406 Richmond Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5PU, UK
    Authors Georgina Moore (The Garnett Girls) and Kirsty Capes (The Girls) talk about dysfunctional families, sisters and absent mothers.
  • Georgina Moore interviewing author Karen Powell
    Georgina Moore interviewing author Karen Powell
    Thu, 06 Jun
    Waterstones Putney
    06 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 20:30
    Waterstones Putney, Unit 5, Exchange Centre, Putney High St, London SW15 1TW, UK
    06 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 20:30
    Waterstones Putney, Unit 5, Exchange Centre, Putney High St, London SW15 1TW, UK
    I will be asking Karen Powell lots of questions about her brilliant novel about Emily Bronte: Fifteen Wild Decembers
  • East Grinstead Library
    East Grinstead Library
    Tue, 28 May
    East Grinstead Library
    28 May 2024, 19:00 – 20:30
    East Grinstead Library, 32-40 West St, East Grinstead RH19 4SR, UK
    28 May 2024, 19:00 – 20:30
    East Grinstead Library, 32-40 West St, East Grinstead RH19 4SR, UK
    An evening with Georgina Moore at East Grinstead Library
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