WH Smith on Chapel Street in Southport

Author Frank English will launch his new book ‘No More Secrets’ at WH Smith in Southport town centre this Saturday (1st July 2023). 

The Yorkshire born writer will be at the store on Chapel Street between 10am and 4pm. 

No More Secrets is Frank’s third book in his late Victorian trilogy, set in Yorkshire’s North Riding. 

As Poppy Spence moves gradually towards her lifetime’s ambitions of becoming a successful author of romantic novels, her life as George’s potential wife is moving towards its climax. Or is it?

Although he protests his undying love for her, is he fastidious enough to carry their feelings for each other forward to their ultimate goal? Does his nemesis, Jonas Jamieson, have any part to play, as many scenarios move inexorably towards several ultimate conclusions? Does he have any positive choices to make in the downward spiral of a life he seems to have chosen?

Ross’s mother and father, Nell and Ross Booth, have always had important parts to play in the development of their offsprings’ life (Ross Junior and Poppy), almost as behind-the-scenes players. However, is it now their time to achieve important personal goals to replace, in their time together, what they missed in their earlier formative lives?

Born in the West Riding of Yorkshire’s coal fields around Wakefield, Frank English attended grammar school, where he enjoyed sport rather than academic work. 

After three years at teacher training college in Leeds, he became a junior school teacher in 1967 in a wonderfully and deliciously decrepit building which had been raised in Victorian times in south Leeds.

He spent a lot of time during his teaching career entertaining children of all ages, a large part of which was through telling stories, and encouraging them to escape into a world of imagination and wonder.

Frank retired in 2006 after almost 40 years working in schools with young people who had significantly disrupted lives because of behaviour disorders and poor social adjustment, generally brought about through circumstances beyond their control.

He had moved from leafy lane suburban middle class school teaching to residential schooling for emotionally and behaviourally disturbed children in the early 1990s, which provided the spur to achieve other ambitions. Supported by his wife, Denise, he achieved a Master’s degree in his mid-40s and a PhD at the age of 56, because he had always wanted to do so.

Having loved every minute of an eventful and entertaining career, now he is enjoying glorious retirement, where he spends as much time as life will allow writing, reading and holidaying in the sun.

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