Sophie Duffy

Sophie Duffy

'Eurovision might not be what it once was, when you had to sing in your mother tongue and didn’t vote for your allies, but that’s lie. Life is all about change.' This Holey Life A child of the 70s, Sophie Duffy grew up on a diet of Blue Peter and the Wombles which has fed her nostalgic outlook on life. But it’s not all been Space Dust and Arctic Roll. Over the years she has curated a catalogue of loss including her father, her womb and part of her right boob following a recent bout of breast cancer. But her sense of the world being a good place shines through the heartache. Duffy finds the humour in the mundane and the tragic and her novels have an upbeat quality. She is particularly fond of dysfunctional, unconventional families and the complexities of everyday modern life. Her female leads range from dippy to delinquent, but they are brave and authentic. Her settings, described by Laurie Graham as ‘so atmospheric you can almost smell the Brylcreem’, range from a sweetshop in Torquay to a vicarage in Penge, but somehow they always provide the love Duffy’s protagonists crave. Duffy is the author of four novels. 'The Generation Game' was her debut novel, inspired by her childhood growing up in a sweet shop in Torquay. Her second novel, 'This Holey Life', is about a reluctant curate's wife. Her third, 'Bright Stars', is a modern day Brideshead, her fourth 'Betsy and Lilibet', the story of two women born on the same day - one an undertaker, the other the Queen. As part of Creative Writing Matters, Sophie appraises manuscripts, runs workshops and mentors novelists. CWM run the Exeter Novel Prize and the Exeter Story Prize as well as other writing competitions. She lives on the Wirral and also writes under the pseudonym Lizzie Lovell.
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