Emma Kennedy
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Emma Kennedy

Hello there! I'm thrilled you've chosen to visit my author page. Thank you. I have a new book coming out, Letters from Brenda and it's one I'm particularly proud of. It's a return to non-fiction and is my most personal book to date. When my mother died, I was at sixes and sevens. We'd had a complicated relationship: she was fun and brilliant but she also suffered with an undiagnosed mental illness for much of her life. It made her volatile and difficult.When she died I was consumed with memories of her suffering and regret that nothing had ever been done for her in her lifetime. I thought I would never get past it. And then we found the letters. When my father sold the family home, the new owners found two suitcases in the loft. They contained 75 letters from my mother to me. This book is about the discovery of those lost letters and my journey to finally work out who my mother was. Families are often complicated and secretive but I hope the sharing of our story shows others in the same situation they are not alone. I also hope it encourages readers to start writing letters again. What wonderful treasures they are. So, back to me - Here's everything you need to know. I used to be a lawyer but one grey day, sitting on the tube, I had a moment of epiphany, stepped off, walked up to my Senior Partner's office and told him I was handing in my notice to become a writer. He thought I was joking. I was not. Thirty years later and I'm still not joking. I've written for newspapers (I used to have a column for the Guardian where I was sent off to try things I'd never tried before), magazines (I was the Fun Editor at Tatler - best job title ever), radio (too many shows to list but I did the Now Show for many years) and television (I write lots of things for CBBC and CBeebies including Dangermouse, Strange Hill High and currently, Waffle the Wonderdog. WOOOF!) I also adapted one of my books, The Tent the Bucket and Me, renamed The Kennedys, for BBC1. I love a challenge and I was once the Runner Up World Conker Champion (would have won but was let down by a soft nut in the final). I won Celebrity Masterchef in 2012 (hardest thing I've ever done but am now pretty darn tootin' at cooking) I love quizzing and am very proud of my Celebrity Mastermind win and my Pointless trophy. I'm also a Guinness World Record Holder (I helped organise the world's largest kazoo orchestra. It was super. I met Basil Brush.) Writing books is my favourite thing to do. I've written ten to date. I've written four non fiction books, four comedy crime thrillers for children, a fiction thriller for adults and my latest is my first foray into the women's fiction market. Two of my books, The Tent the Bucket and Me and I Left my Tent in San Francisco were Sunday Time Bestsellers. The thrill was sharp. I really hope you enjoy whichever of my books you chose to read. I hope there's something there for everyone. If you like funny tales of disastrous family holidays then try Tent the Bucket and Me. If you like funny tales of disastrous road trips with zero money then try I Left my Tent in San Francisco. If you're a fan of the Danish Nordic Noir Jumper Thriller The Killing, then I wrote a handbook about that. If you have children aged 8-12 who love a feisty heroine who never gives up, then why not get them any of the four Wilma Tenderfoot books. (Start with Frozen Hearts, then Putrid Poison, then Fatal Phantom, then Rascal's Revenge) If you like wartime thrillers set in Wales (who wouldn't?) then Shoes for Anthony might wet your whistle. And last, but not least, if you like an emotional story about grief, false memories and how we are shaped by the people who love us, then crack on and get yourself a copy of The Things We Left Unsaid. If you loved Things We Left Unsaid, then you may also enjoy The never Ending Summer which follows the same family through one heady summer in 1971. You can find me on twitter, if you want to message me. I always love to hear from readers. I'm @emmakennedy over there. Happy reading!
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