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Granny was a Buffer Girl

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FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £6.99 PAGES: 208 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 05/03/2020 ISBN: 9781846470240

Granny was a Buffer Girl

Berlie Doherty

Catnip Publishing

Granny was a Buffer Girl is the story of three generations telling tales of love, loss and sacrifice in how they come to be a family; all against the backdrop of Sheffield’s declining steel industry.


Jess is off to France for a year abroad as part of her university degree, but not before discovering some old family secrets. Grandparents Jack and Bridie were in love at first sight despite religious divisions forbidding them from each other. Grandma Dorothy lost out on her true love and freedom from her life as a Buffer Girl in settling for steelworker Albert. Dad, Michael, had difficulty finding true love until he met Josie and ensured their love and marriage would be equal. Their love is tested by their son, Danny, and his loss is a visceral presence for Jess and her family throughout. As Jess leaves the safety net of her family and friends to spread her wings and live out the dreams that others could not experience, she is reminded of the importance of family and of home.

Selling points

  • Berlie Doherty is a multi-award-winning and best-selling author of books for children of all ages.
  • Brand new cover from up and coming illustrator Karl James Mountford in the same style as Children of Winter.

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