Profile : Patricia Kitchin
Kitchin is an Essex girl born and bred and proud of it. After a
childhood messing about in boats, she did jobs ranging from making
furry fairground novelties to serving at the biscuit counter at
Woolworth’s. She then trained to be a teacher, married and
produced three children. While they were young she began to put
her bad habit of daydreaming to good use by writing books.
middle life she became happily single again, and would still have
been labouring at the chalkface had she not met husband number two
and agreed to help him in his country pub. There, she became an
expert at running a barbeque and cleaning the men’s urinals.
that the children are grown up and independent, she is devoting
herself to the tough job of spending their inheritance.
first thing that struck Judy was the music. … It seemed
so out of place here in an English church hall, yet as she listened
to it, it invaded her body and shivered over her mind until the
music was natural and the hall and the gaggle of chattering white
women in their jeans and sweatshirts and styled hair were slightly
Judy Blackwell joins a belly dancing class, she is only looking
for a distraction from her empty marriage and emptying nest. She
doesn’t expect to get caught up in the lives and loves of
other women in the group.
the women make exotic costumes and learn to undulate and shimmy,
their menfolk are drawn into the circle. Maybe it’s the
sinuous Middle Eastern music, maybe it’s all that wine they
keep drinking, but soon everyone finds themselves behaving in
found the book easy to read and a giggle in places.’