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Love Letters (2009)

£8.99
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Wedding Season (2008)

£8.99
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Going Dutch (2007)

£8.99
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Practically Perfect (2006)

£8.99
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Flora's Lot (2005)

£8.99
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Restoring Grace (2004)

£8.99
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Paradise Fields (2003)

£8.99
{"id":4513517994028,"title":"Paradise Fields (2003)","handle":"paradise-fields-2003","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI love to write about what’s current and farmers’ markets where just starting when I wrote this.  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI based it on Stroud Farmers’ market which is award winning and a bit different from some.  It sold - and sells - non food items that are created locally which means people go even if they don’t need any wonderful cheese, honey or beef.  (I buy my pudding bowls from there and ask for more when inevitably some of mine are broken.)  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI put my children in this book.  They are teenagers in it and I love teenagers.  I made my daughter read it.  Then she wasn’t much of a reader but as it had her in it I felt she should know what other people would be reading.  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eThe unexpected plus to this was the fact she quite enjoyed it.  It also caused me to go to my first football match.  I went with a lovely girl who showed me the ropes.  I loved it!\u003c\/div\u003e","published_at":"2020-02-07T12:06:57+00:00","created_at":"2020-02-07T12:21:35+00:00","vendor":"Katie Fforde","type":"books","tags":["book","Katie Fforde","Paradise Fields"],"price":899,"price_min":899,"price_max":899,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":32076137660460,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"Paradise Fields (2003)","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Paradise Fields (2003)","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":899,"weight":599,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_management":"shopify","barcode":"9780099446620"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/21._Paradise_Fields.jpg?v=1582547157"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/21._Paradise_Fields.jpg?v=1582547157","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":null,"id":6594443739180,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.651,"height":753,"width":490,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/21._Paradise_Fields.jpg?v=1582547157"},"aspect_ratio":0.651,"height":753,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/21._Paradise_Fields.jpg?v=1582547157","width":490}],"content":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI love to write about what’s current and farmers’ markets where just starting when I wrote this.  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI based it on Stroud Farmers’ market which is award winning and a bit different from some.  It sold - and sells - non food items that are created locally which means people go even if they don’t need any wonderful cheese, honey or beef.  (I buy my pudding bowls from there and ask for more when inevitably some of mine are broken.)  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI put my children in this book.  They are teenagers in it and I love teenagers.  I made my daughter read it.  Then she wasn’t much of a reader but as it had her in it I felt she should know what other people would be reading.  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eThe unexpected plus to this was the fact she quite enjoyed it.  It also caused me to go to my first football match.  I went with a lovely girl who showed me the ropes.  I loved it!\u003c\/div\u003e"}

Artistic Licence (2001)

£8.99
{"id":4513521074220,"title":"Artistic Licence (2001)","handle":"artistic-licence-2001","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor a couple of years I had been helping out a friend who was running an art gallery.  I helped get the gallery ready for Private Views (which mostly involved applying poly filler and scrubbing floors. I met a few famous people when I was scrubbing floors) and felt I knew quite a bit about it.  I never waste anything in my life and so this experience had to go in a book.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere were a few other things that had gone on in my life that ended up in this book.  One of them was a dog having puppies.  Someone who’d bought one of our puppies went on to breed from her.  There was a time when I was listening to my husband on the phone to this nice woman.   Not hearing the whole conversation it seemed to me that she was going to be referring to my novel for advice on the birth.  Extremely concerned I kept shouting at my husband ‘Shirley’s Dog Book!’\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI think she must have got good advice because her puppies went on to be prize winning dogs.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePart of my research involved a wonderful trip to France.  I went with a friend on an art history tour which made for a very jolly time. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis book also involved a trip to New York that sadly, was cut out of the final book.  But the trip wasn’t wasted as it came in handy several books later.  (A Perfect Proposal.)  \u003c\/p\u003e","published_at":"2020-02-07T12:06:57+00:00","created_at":"2020-02-07T12:23:10+00:00","vendor":"Katie Fforde","type":"books","tags":["Artistic Licence","book","Katie Fforde"],"price":899,"price_min":899,"price_max":899,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":32076144181292,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"Artistic Licence (2001)","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Artistic Licence (2001)","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":899,"weight":599,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_management":"shopify","barcode":"9780712669733"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/22._Artistic_Licence.jpg?v=1582546799"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/22._Artistic_Licence.jpg?v=1582546799","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":null,"id":6594360311852,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.651,"height":753,"width":490,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/22._Artistic_Licence.jpg?v=1582546799"},"aspect_ratio":0.651,"height":753,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/22._Artistic_Licence.jpg?v=1582546799","width":490}],"content":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor a couple of years I had been helping out a friend who was running an art gallery.  I helped get the gallery ready for Private Views (which mostly involved applying poly filler and scrubbing floors. I met a few famous people when I was scrubbing floors) and felt I knew quite a bit about it.  I never waste anything in my life and so this experience had to go in a book.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere were a few other things that had gone on in my life that ended up in this book.  One of them was a dog having puppies.  Someone who’d bought one of our puppies went on to breed from her.  There was a time when I was listening to my husband on the phone to this nice woman.   Not hearing the whole conversation it seemed to me that she was going to be referring to my novel for advice on the birth.  Extremely concerned I kept shouting at my husband ‘Shirley’s Dog Book!’\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI think she must have got good advice because her puppies went on to be prize winning dogs.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePart of my research involved a wonderful trip to France.  I went with a friend on an art history tour which made for a very jolly time. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis book also involved a trip to New York that sadly, was cut out of the final book.  But the trip wasn’t wasted as it came in handy several books later.  (A Perfect Proposal.)  \u003c\/p\u003e"}

Thyme Out (2000)

£8.99
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Life Skills (1999)

£8.99
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Stately Pursuits (1997)

£8.99
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Wild Designs (1996)

£8.99
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