Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Thursday, May 3, 2012
A FORMER teacher’s first published book charts the history of a family over the course of a century.
Carole Sampson’s Where Sky and Lincolnshire And Water Meet starts in Edwardian England and winds its way to the present day telling the stories of ordinary people caught up in events which changed the world and their lives.
The title itself is a quotation from Philip Larkin’s poem The Whitsun Weddings.
Mrs Sampson, a former teacher in Leicestershire before she moved to Weston in 2005, wrote the book over the space of three years.
It is a family saga which begins at the beginning of the 20th century, and charts the life of a young woman in the family through World War Two where her husband goes to war and who has a baby through an affair with an American airman.
The child is given away for adoption, and the book then charts her life as she grows up to the present day.
She said: “A lot of it came from the idea of nature and nurture. When I was a teacher I was always interested in the idea so I thought I would explore it in the book.
“My two cats, although they are supposed to be sisters, also gave me some inspiration as you can certainly see the nature and nurture idea in them, while I also got other ideas for it through looking back through my own family history.”
The book is available now on Amazon. It will also be available at Waterstones in the Sovereign Shopping Centre when she does a book signing there on Saturday from 11am-5pm.