Anna is an English teacher and an occasional freelance journalist; she has self-published two previous books, been a volunteer nationally and internationally and now writes poetry, as well as working on a new novel and some short stories. She is the mother of three young boys. Her novel draws on many real episodes in her own life. She is upfront about her mental illness these days; to be otherwise does a disservice to those who have not yet been able to recover and find appropriate support.

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Killing Hapless Ally

This is a black comedy in which Alison conceived in childhood an alter ego called ‘Hapless Ally’ to present a different, more palatable version of herself to her family and to the world beyond. Ominously, the alter ego began to develop autonomy. Alison deals with this helped by a varied catalogue of imaginary friends. The book is about serious matters: fear, confusion, dark days of depression and breakdowns.

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