Tadcaster author co-writes new book
A Tadcaster woman has joined with her friend to pen a powerful thriller.
Elizabeth Buxton, along with friend Denise Harrison, have written Feeding the Gods which is set in South Manchester and Cheshire where the pair grew up.
The tale addresses the issues women face through life through the eyes of characters Roberta, Rose, Sandra and Linda who meet at college in the 70s and remain contant friends.
The sudden death of one of the friends leads the others to suspect that a slimming drug she had been taking was perhaps to blame.
Speaking on why they wrote the book, Dee and Elizabeth stated: “The experiences of the women in Feeding the Gods reflect aspects of what was and still is real life for many people and it puts the role of the drug companies in everyday life into frighteningly sharp focus.”
Elizabeth, Liz as she is known, has worked on the high seas and has lived aboard a yacht sailing the Mediterranean, while Denise (Dee) was involved in the start-up and development of two successful authors.
“We have known each other since we were five years old and when we both had more time on our hands, writing together seemed the thing to do.
“We both feel that the picture depicted of women’s lives in the 1960s and 1970s is so often misleading.
“Talk of a sexual revolution in this period was not the experience for most women.
“The contraceptive pill was largely unavailable to unmarried women and bringing a child up on your own was not supported.
“If you became pregnant, you got married or had an illegal abortion.”
Feeding the Gods, www.bookguild.co.uk, price £9.99.