Wednesday, 11 December 2013

A Place to Call Home

Image: Courtesy of John Saint
In the last 15 years, since I met my husband, we have lived in 20 different houses in 10 different cities, towns and villages. A part of the reason is that we are nomadic and we like to experience new places and new things. But for the past seven years it's been because we have been at the mercy of unreliable landlords and subjected to noisy neighbours. But we also came to realise it's because we didn't have a home we could call our own.

So when Sally Swingewood and Debi Alper called for writers to donate stories to a charity anthology to raise money for Shelter, it seemed like a subject very close to my heart and the story I wrote for it just came pouring out. Surprisingly it had nothing to do with the physical bricks and mortar of home but in finding your way back to your home when life has knocked you off course. I was so thrilled to be accepted and even more so when I read the stories that mine sits alongside. The quality and diversity is incredible.

So please buy a copy, or more, this Christmas as all proceeds go to Shelter and they need the money to help all of those people who don't have a home. There's more of them than you probably realise and a shocking statistic is that every two minutes someone in the UK faces losing their home.

You can buy Stories for Homes on Amazon as a big fat paperback or for your Kindle; and so far we've raised over £1000. I’m very proud to be a part of this brilliant project.

6 comments:

  1. 20 different houses - wow! Great post, Amanda.

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  2. Hi Katherine, it is a lot but now we've bought the canal boat we're moving in our home!

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  3. What a wonderful experince. You beat me at 18 homes. The canal boat sounds fun. Good luck on the Shelter book. I hope it does well.
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    1. Hello Sharon. Only just beat you - another nomad! The boat is fun - will be even more so in the summer as the nights are certainly long at the moment. Thanks for the good wishes for the Shelter book - it's doing really well and is in the top 10 for paperback anthologies - over £1500 raised so far. x

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  4. Hi Amanda .. the canal boat sounds the better option .. rather than moving every few months: that sounds awful! I'm off to get the Shelter book and so good to know that you've created something that will help the homeless .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks so much for buying Stories for Homes, Hilary! I hope you enjoy it x

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