Profile : Stella Sykes
Sykes was born in Scotland a long time ago and was brought up on
a farm in Kent.
many jobs have included being a cleaner, running a marriage bureau,
being a photographic stylist and writing fashion copy for an advertising
lived in Spain and Australia and London she has now settled in Hampshire
with her second husband, six dogs, thirteen alpacas and several
chickens. She has a son, three step-children and six step-grandchildren
and apart from family her interests include skiing, gundogs, gardening,
cooking and eavesdropping.
Fox had just had a most distressing experience. She had seen what
she thought was the reflection of an old bag lady in the plate
glass window of Peter Jones, but after a couple seconds she realised
that she was looking at her own image.’
after thirty years of marriage and, feeling well past her sell-by
date, Felicity Fox has to start her life all over again.
moves to London and discovers that her friends are only too eager
to help her. Jane, with her perfect marriage, is determined to
find Felicity a new husband. Venetia, with her perfect body, is
determined to mastermind Felicity’s physical transformation
and Rose, with her perfect country life, is determined to persuade
Felicity to return to Wiltshire.
Felicity herself is determined to… Well, actually, she has
no idea. She’s been a wife and mother for so long, she doesn’t
know what else there is. However, she is about to find out with
a little help from her friends.
as so often happens, other peoples’ lives are rarely what
they seem, and Felicity discovers that even if she is never likely
to have a rich and successful husband, or at any rate her own
rich and successful husband, or a size ten figure, or that Georgian
manor house, she does indeed have a new life. And what’s
more, it’s all hers; she did it herself; and it’s
new title of ‘Old Bag Lit’ is nicely in tune with my
reading tastes at the moment, having recently retired. Heroine Felicity,
middle aged, slightly eccentric and overweight, has just been abandoned
by her husband of 30-odd years. Well meaning friends try everything
to help her regain her self-esteem, sometimes with hilarious consequences.
Stella Sykes, who inherited her mother’s marriage bureau,
is in a strong position to write about her subject.”
Humberstone, Nottingham Evening Post