New book takes Harrogate back in time

Retired teacher Hazel Goss has turned back time on Harrogate to provide the setting for her stunning new novel.

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 12:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 12:48 pm

Hazel, who is also a carer for her disabled husband, caused a stir in book circles two years ago with her first work of fiction, Forced to Flee, about ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia.

The grandmother of two, who lives just outside Harrogate, has now returned with another gripping page-turner about travelling through time.

And The Pathway Back has already reached the top five of Amazon’s science fiction charts.

Hazel said: “I first wanted to write a novel after I went to my sister-in-law’s literary parties and was encouraged to start writing short stories and read them aloud.

“The original story was just a few thousand words but I had more ideas and it grew long enough to become a novel.

“The success of my first book Forced to Flee encouraged me to write The Pathway Back.”

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Hazel’s thriller takes her main character from the relative safety of North Yorkshire to the warzone of Delhi during the 19th century Indian Mutiny.

Although both of the former teacher’s novels have reached the charts and received glowing reviews, Hazel believes her greatest achievement in life has been caring for her disabled husband.

John hasn’t been able to walk since a gliding accident more than 30 years ago.

Hazel added: “When my husband had his accident I had to do a full-time teaching job, come home, feed my children then travel for an hour to Pinderfields Hospital to visit John. I got home at nine, had something to eat and went to bed.”

“I did this for six months and at the end of that time I had to move house because we needed a bungalow to accommodate the wheelchair.

“For me that has been my greatest achievement.”