Hot Chocolate and Teacakes by Amanda Prowse
‘Nah.’ Poppy looked at her scuffed toes, happy that he seemed concerned and yet slightly embarrassed that he was familiar with the taunts fired in her direction from Jackie Sinclair ‘you’re a stinky flea bag Poppy Day!’
‘I can’t write that essay on what we like most about our dad’s,’ she looked up, letting the obvious implication sink in. ‘I don’t know what to put.’ It was easy to admit things to Martin Cricket; as her Nan said, they were birds of a feather.
‘You don’t know what to put?’ he sighed, ‘I wrote a whole page but ripped it up and started again.’
‘What did you do that for?’ she was puzzled.
‘Cos when I read it back, it said, the best thing about my dad is when he is asleep or up the pub and not near me.’
Poppy laughed loudly. ‘We’re a right pair in’t we?’ It was all she could think of to mask the sadness that her friend’s comments revealed, life for him in a cramped flat with a bully was no fun.
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Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books. Five years ago, she quit her job as a management consultant and began writing full time. The result was Poppy Day, the story of an army wife, whose incredible love for her husband gives her the courage to rescue him from hostages in Afghanistan. Originally self-published in October 2011 with 100% of royalties going to the Royal British Legion, Poppy Day quickly became a bestseller and Amanda was signed up by Head of Zeus publishers.
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