Anna is a novelist, essayist, poet, editor, proofreader, reviewer and also a secondary English teacher, tutor, mentor to young people, mental health campaigner and mother of three sons. Anna’s third novel, Saving Lucia, will be published by Bluemoose in 2020 and she is currently editing her fourth novel. Anna is also writing poems, short stories, flash fiction, features and reviews for various publications, alongside compiling a new anthology for Patrician Press.

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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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The Life of Almost

This is a dark comedy set in Wales and a spectral reworking of Dickens’s Great Expectations. Almost is a boy, brought up by his sister, Perfection. He is shrouded by bereavement and surrounded by the hauntings of his family’s undead. He plays in the sea caves, visits graves, amongst mermaids, longing mermen, morticians, houses that respire and a poltergeist moss that grabs your foot.

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