Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Last chance to enter! Win a copy of The Liberty Girls


Deadline for entries is Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 5pm.  Good luck!

We're delighted today to host a guest blog post from writer Fiona Ford. And not only that, but Fiona's brand new novel The Liberty Girls, set around the Liberty's store in London during the Second World War, can be won in a special competition too!

Fiona spent many years as a journalist writing for women’s weekly and monthly magazines. She has written two novels under the pseudonym, Fiona Harrison, as well as two sagas in her own name in the Spark Girls series.  Fiona lives in Berkshire with her husband and two cats.  

You can find out more about Fiona at her website: www.fionaford.co.uk, Facebook: www.facebook.com/fionafordauthor, Twitter: @fionajourno

But first, it's over to Fiona who tells us how watching Coronation Street ended up in her landing her dream job!

"What’s your earliest memory? Mine is watching Corrie twice a week with my mum. In 1979 I would have been about three and although I didn’t really understand the storylines, I loved watching Bet Lynch prop up the bar in her leopardskin and was fascinated with Hilda Ogden and her ‘muriel’ - that fabulous painting she had on her back wall complete with three flying ducks. I also had a soft spot for Rita Fairclough, a strong woman with a heart of gold who I always thought, even at that very young age, had to have the patience of a saint, to not only put up with Mavis Riley in The Kabin but also parent troublemaker Sharon, her foster daughter.

Together with Mum we never missed an episode and would sit down avidly to watch the Brian, Ken and Deirdre triangle, Gail and Brian Tilsley’s disastrous marriage, and Gail’s even more disastrous relationship with her mother-in-law Ivy. Then there was the death of Len Fairclough and the way Rita remained stoic, Elsie Tanner’s dignified and poignant exit in a taxi, Hilda taking in Kevin Webster as her lodger, Bet finding love with Alec, Curly on the bins, Jack and Vera’s up and down relationship and all the many showdowns at Baldwin’s Casuals.

To me it was nothing short of brilliant. I loved the sense of community, the storylines that had me hooked but most of all I loved the strong, sassy northern women who had an answer for everything and took pride in themselves and each other, refusing to never be beaten by life. 

The day after that memorable episode in 1983 when Deirdre slammed the door in Mike’s face as she got back together with Ken, we were asked at school what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wasted no time telling my teacher the answer - I wanted to write stories I told her where the ladies were in charge 

I never changed my mind and after many years as a journalist I now count myself lucky as I’ve landed my dream job - writing gritty, historical sagas with community and sassy women at their core. The Liberty Girls is my latest. It’s set in 1942 and tells the story of Dot, Alice, Mary and Rose who aren’t dissimilar to Bet, Vera, Elsie and Rita. Together they work in the posh, London department store Liberty’s where they sometimes feel like a fish out of water. Yet no matter what their problems, this strong group of women are courageous, kind and together are a force to be reckoned with as they do battle with secrets, lies and heartache - all with a healthy dollop of humour, just as in my favourite soap. Oh, and in case you were wondering, in my books the ladies are ALWAYS in charge!

COMPETITION TIME

To be in with a chance to win a signed copy of THE LIBERTY GIRLS by Fiona Ford, all you have to do is answer the following question: Which city is Liberty’s in? 

Then, fill in the competition entry form which you'll find on the right hand side of this blog (you'll need to view the blog in full web mode to see the entry form).  Leave your name, email address, confirm the country you live in (sorry, overseas fans, this competition prize can be sent to a UK address only) along with your answer in the 'message box'.  

We'll put all correct entries into the draw and pick one winner at random who will be announced here on the Blog.  

Deadline for entries is Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 5pm.  Good luck!


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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 22 May


Wednesday May 22nd

STEVE’S LIFE GOES FROM BAD TO DISASTROUS Steve is edgy after the robbery but Tracy insists he goes back out driving. Armed with a baseball bat under his seat Steve picks up three lads from a bowling alley but they refuse to pay. As he grabs the baseball bat one of the lads does a runner and is hit by a car.
NICK HAS A BRIEF CASE OF ANGER Nick fears the net is closing in as Paula comes looking for him and Leanne starts to grow uneasy about what’s going on. Nick tells Gary to be vague about how he was paid for the barber shop job and Leanne is shocked when Sarah tells her that Nick paid Elsa out of the factory accounts not the other way round as he had made out.
NATALIE MAKES A MOVE ON DAVID Shona calls at the barbers to invite David for lunch and kisses him in front of Natalie. David cancels lunch to train Natalie. Shona is annoyed when she calls at the Barbers to find Natalie and David larking about. When she leaves Natalie tries to kiss David.
ELSEWHERE Sophie and Paula show Sally the photos from their pony trekking holiday in Andalucia.  Sally reminisces about the one and only time she went riding and how much she enjoyed it.

Wednesday May 22nd

TRACY’S SHOCKED BY THE SCALE OF STEVE’S DESPAIR The young lad James gets to his feet and says he is ok, he doesn’t want to make a fuss as he plays for Weatherfield County and would get into trouble. Steve takes him to the cab office but is horrified to find the police there. What will he do?
THE BATTERSBY WOMEN HATCH A DANGEROUS PLAN Leanne, Sarah and Toyah discuss Nick’s dodgy finances, convinced he must have done a deal with Rick the loan shark to fund the barber’s.  The girls agree they need to track down Rick.
DAVID’S CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE David tries to let Natalie down gently meanwhile Shona sens Billy to speak to David about how he really feels about her.
ELSEWHERE Roy tells Wayne he’d appreciate it if he stopped using him to glean information about
Carla. Sally takes her horse riding to the next level splashing out on all the expensive kit after Nck gives her some money to look after the factory whilst he is away with the family.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Spoilers for next week's Corrie - and it's on every night

Here are the major storylines for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May





Carla's mental health episode airs. If you need help, please contact The Samaritans.; the Platt clan go camping and secrets explode, the factory saboteur is uncovered, Rick threatens to kill Gary and Sally finds herself with an old nag.  

Also, please note that Corrie is on every night next week and each episode begins at 9pm.
See the full week's preview with pictures at Corrie.net


Missed last week's Corrie?
Catch up with the Coronation Street Weekly Updates

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Coronation Street's on every night next week - at 9pm

It's the finals of ITV programme Britain's Got Talent next week and Coronation Street are running episodes every night next week too.

All Corrie episodes will start at 9pm.

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