Interview: Author ‘Annie Lyons’ Talks Her New Novel The Brilliant Life Of Eudora Honeysett

Having realised early on that books are pretty much the best things in life, I have been lucky enough to spend my entire career working with them. My first job after leaving university was as a bookseller in a bookshop on Charing Cross Road, London and then I worked for eleven years in publishing. Following redundancy in 2009 I was thrown into the world of stay-at-home motherhood. Realising that my brain was starting to fester like an old potato in the bottom of the vegetable tray, I enrolled on a creative writing course and decided to try and write my first novel. It took me two years to finish it and another two to get my first publishing deal. In July 2013 Not Quite Perfect was published and I enjoyed a rather exciting summer as it reached number six in the Kindle bestsellers.

Check out her website here, Twitter and Facebook. The book is in stores on Tuesday, September 8th from William Morrow. You can listen below to the interview.

Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.

Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable fellow neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.

While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.

But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?

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