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Feb 09

Fabulous launch for fabulous author – Helen Warner: by Kathleen Thompson

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The Story of our Lives by Helen Warner, a fabulously readable novel, was launched at the prestigious 5th View Cocktail Bar at Waterstones, Piccadilly on 8th February.

 

Helen Warner with The Story of Our Lives

It was indeed a star-studded evening including Judge Robert Rinder, Rachel Riley, and the stars of Loose Women. We know that Frost Magazine’s Contributing Editor Margaret Graham, is a great fan of Judge Rinder’s, having seen him at Blackpool’s Strictly Come Dancing, when he was extraordinarily concerned that all the audience should see properly; bless the man.

 

 

TV stars Eamonn Holmes and Kate Garraway were enthusiastic in their praise of Helen, both as a colleague and an author, which merely reflected the general warmth and appreciation for Helen, and her novel, that was swirling around all evening.

Loose women – Nadia Sawalha, Kaye Adams and Jane Moore, corralled for the photograph.

It was a real family affair, with Helen’s mother, siblings, husband and children buzzing with pride, plus her literary agent and representatives of her publishers, Harper Collins.

Rob Warner, Kate Garraway and Helen’s lovely mum.

As for ‘The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner’: Frost Magazine found it just as Sharon Osborne wrote, ‘A moving and compelling journey through the highs and lows of female friendship’.  It is well structured, with characters that grip you by the throat and won’t let go. We can empathise with each and every one.  Especially the secrets, that like the black cat in  Vernon Scannell’s poem A Case of Murder, get bigger and bigger until they burst out of the metaphorical cupboard under the stairs.

But just how much damage can secrets revealed do to a group of friends? Ah, read it and see, you won’t regret a moment.

Helen Warner is  former Head of Daytime at both ITV and Channel 4 where she was responsible for a variety of TV shows including Come Dine With Me, Loose Women, Good Morning Britain and Judge Rinder.

Rachel Reilly and Kathleen Thompson

Like a few of us, Helen writes her novels where she happens to be, on a train, bus, or plane, and sometimes tra- la actually at a desk. Most of Helen’s are written on the train to work in London from her home in Essex, which she shares with her husband Rob, and two children.

Frost Magazine wishes her every success with the latest  of her novels – all of which we enjoyed enormously.

The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner. Pub Harper Collins. hb £12.99

*Dr Kathleen Thompson: Author of the acclaimed award winning From Both Ends of the Stethoscope.