Jennie Godfrey was born and raised in Yorkshire and the novel was partly inspired by her father having worked alongside Peter Sutcliffe, the man eventually charged with the crimes of the Yorkshire Ripper. She is a former HR director of a FTSE100 company who left her career to become a Waterstones bookseller and a writer. This is her first novel.
This is such a tender coming of age story with unforgettable characters. Exquisite storytelling that's full of heart -- Julie Owen-Moylan Absolutely loved it - it is so engrossing, utterly heart-breaking (made me cry!) but also redemptive and hopeful at the same time -- Sophie Hannah I am so sad it has ended because it is a GORGEOUS TRIUMPH. Jennie is an easy and natural storyteller. Beautifully crafted, moving, funny heart-warming, it has all the feels -- Georgina Moore Pretty sure this will be the book of 2024. Bring tissues -- Joanna Nadin The characters completely burrowed into my heart. It's a warm, funny, huge-hearted book without any twee - it's truthful, carrying a sadness too -- Chloe Timms