Profile : Bowering Sivers
Sivers (real name Brenda Bowering) was born in Middlesex and grew
up in Wembley Park. She graduated with a degree in modern languages
from Southampton University and shortly thereafter went to Zambia
to teach French in a high school in Lusaka. From there she moved
up to Kenya and worked as a receptionist before returning to the
in London she became a reporter for a provincial newspaper and then
a PRO for the Shell Group. Four years later she immigrated to Canada
where she worked in variety of roles. While working for the Royal
Bank of Canada she travelled extensively from the Artic Circle to
Tijuana, the Caribbean and Europe. She married her photographer
and returned to England to live in an old coach house in the Cotswolds.
Wanderlust soon struck again and they strapped a caravan to their
car and spent a year touring Portugal, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Yugoslavia,
Austria and Germany.
began writing for children while in Canada and her first book The
Snailman, illustrated by Shirley Hughes, won the Little Brown Canadian
Children’s Book Award in 1976. Success as a writer has continued
– her latest children’s books are Jammy Dodgers on the
Run and Jammy Dodgers Go Underground, both published by Macmillan.
now lives in Eastbourne with one husband and two dogs. She writes
every morning and spends her leisure time keeping her French in
shape and playing very bad bridge.
going on a cruise in the spring. I’ve chosen my cabin, the
ultimate in luxury, with a king size bed and a Jacuzzi. It’s
utterly immoral … but I don’t care. Daddy taught me
to be very careful with money but he didn’t teach me how
to live. I’m going to make up for lost time. There’s
nothing like a coronary to frighten the life into you.”
lively woman with witty, frequently caustic views on the world,
Ruth is a talented but overly-modest artist whose secret passion
is the stage. After the death of her father Ruth is forced into
a humdrum existence with her elderly mother but a heart attack
in her forties makes her take stock.
her world come two men – one a scenic designer who opens
up the possibility of a career in the theatre, the other a young
artistic director who falls in love with her. But has she the
courage to say yes to either or both of them? Ruth has reached
a turning point…
novel of conflicting desires by award-winning author Bowering
Sivers will find echoes with many women.
‘A strongly written story that many women will relate to.’