Press kit for Cheryl Burman’s Keepers, released April 2021
In post WW2 Australia, Raine’s family must move from the country to the city for medical treatment for Pop. The housing shortage sees them living in a noisy, draughty Nissen hut on a migrant camp in the flat, brown suburbs. When Raine meets Cockney Blitz survivors, Teddy and his childhood mate Alf, her troubled life gets even more complicated.
Marrying anyone – let alone Teddy – wasn’t in Raine’s plans, but now she’s pregnant with his child, and in 1950s Australia being an unwed mother isn’t an option. Raine believes it’s going well, it just might work, that the troubles and tragedies of the past two years are behind her. Until Teddy abandons her.
Alf has always wanted to keep Raine in a tower and protect her from dragons (and Teddy). Now he wavers between indignation and hope. Is this his chance? Or do old loyalties run too deep?
A hurting Raine determines to track Teddy down. When she finds him – if she finds him – she’ll understand at last who her true ‘keeper’ is.
Keepers crosses genres – it can be described as women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, literary fiction.
The story draws (very) loosely on the author’s family history and lore and is set in her home city.
Migrant camps housed nearly 2 mio newcomers to Australia in the period 1947-1984, most of them British.
Originally from Australia, Cheryl Burman moved to the Forest of Dean in 2008 via a few years in Switzerland. The Forest inspired her to write, as it has inspired many before her, including Tolkien. In addition to her new release, Keepers, she is the author of the fantasy trilogy Guardians of the Forest, written after the people’s successful fight in 2010 to save England’s public forests.
Her flash fiction, short stories and bits of her novels have won various commendations, including long listing for the Historical Writers Association 2020 short story competition. Her latest project is a magical realism novel set against the backdrop of the Forest and the River Severn.
Cheryl is active in the Forest of Dean Local History Society, is the chair of Dean Writers Circle and a founder of Dean Scribblers, which encourages the creative writing spark in young people in the community. She is married with two grown children and a border collie, Sammy, who is the author of his own popular book, Sammy’s Walks.
Interview with Boomers on Books, 16 April 2021
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