Profile : Wendy K. Harris
Harris was born in Surrey in an air raid shelter during a doodle-bug
attack. The youngest of four sisters, attending a girls’ grammar
school, she needed to write in order to get a word in edgeways.
writing of short stories and poetry was interwoven with working
as a nurse, homoeopath, counsellor, interfaith minister and sharing
the upbringing of five children.
rattling old Herefordshire rectory and aching back precipitated
a change of life and she moved with her husband and a laptop into
a caravan and trundled around Wales and England finally becoming
ensnared by The Undercliff of the Isle of Wight, entranced by its
history of smuggling, shipwrecking and landslips. Here she was inspired
by tumbling cliffs and precarious cottages to write The Sorrow Of
Sisters which has also been translated into German and Dutch.
is now working on a second Undercliff novel, Blue Slipper Bay.
he shuffled past me he paused. ‘You wouldn’t have
liked her – your mother’s sister – strange,
mad thing she was.’ He looked at me at last, rheumy-eyed,
and words tumbled out before he could stop them. ‘Don’t
go over to the island, Jane. Nothing of interest there. Wraith
Cottage is just a hovel. Not worth wasting your time.’
year old Jane sits in her glass-walled designer home tapping out
lucrative novels. She has accepted her childlessness, adores her
comfortable husband, Chas and copes with her irascible father,
Henry. But she is feeling dulled by the weight of her own repetitive
Aunt Lillian dies and leaves her Wraith Cottage on the Isle of
Wight. Jane has never heard of Lillian and Henry refuses to enlighten
her. But Jane’s curiosity has been aroused and she decides
inheritance reveals a story more extraordinary than she could
ever have imagined. She encounters some astonishing people and
rediscovers her own inspiration.
the same author
advice is to gather together every shred of self-worth that you
can summon, plus all your memories that make you feel good. Hold
onto them like mad and fashion a new life for yourself doing what
tapped Sophie’s arm again. ‘Ditch the rest; it’s
not worth the headspace. And don’t try to see too far into
the future either. Do what’s right for you now.’
bereft after the loss of her mother and her husband’s betrayal,
walks out of her demanding profession and her home seeking refuge
with her friend, Jill, on the Isle of Wight. She doesn’t suspect
that she is about to be drawn into another crisis.
Jill, a psychologist, is as obsessive and compulsive as the clients
she treats and has her own complex reasons for persuading Sophie
the cliffs at Blue Slipper Bay, Nick lives in a beach hut, challenged
by the sea. A seeker of truth, walled in by his own guilt and grief,
he finds solace in resurrecting the forgotten gardens of Wraith
Jill and Nick all need to make peace with their past before they
can risk taking a second chance with the future.
deeply moving story about the risk, doubt and numbing fear in taking
a second chance in life.
has her own website which you can visit by clicking here.