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  1. Published on: 02/11/2018 09:14 AMReported by: rogerblaxall
    A local author's returning to her west Lancashire roots to launch her first book tomorrow.

    Stephanie Bretherton will be signing her new book 'Bone Lines' in Broadhurst's tomorrow afternoon from 2.30.

    The former Ormskirk St Bede's student was born in Hong Kong and lived as a teen in Scarisbrick. She also attended John Rigby Sixth Form in Orrell, before going on to Bristol University; she now lives in London, from where she runs a successful PR company.

    Bone Lines is her first novel, and the whole journey from writing to getting her book into print is fascinating, and her story might inspire other local writers.

    Before returning to her first love of creative writing, she spent many years pursuing alternative forms of storytelling, from stage to screen and media to marketing. Drawn to what connects rather than separates, Stephanie is fascinated by the spaces between absolutes and opposites, between science and spirituality, nature and culture. This lifelong curiosity – and occasional conflict – has been channelled into her debut novel, Bone Lines (and into short stories, poems and various works in progress, including the continuation of the Children of Sarah series, of which Bone Lines is the first, stand-alone story.)

    Synopsis: A young woman walks alone through a barren landscape in a time before history, a time of cataclysmic natural change. She is cold, hungry and with child but not without hope or resources. A skilful hunter, she draws on her intuitive understanding of how to stay alive… and knows that she must survive.

    In present-day London, geneticist Dr Eloise Kluft wrestles with an ancient conundrum as she unravels the secrets of a momentous archaeological find. She is working at the forefront of contemporary science but is caught in the lonely time-lock of her own emotional past.

    Bone Lines is the story of two women, separated by millennia yet bound by the web of life. A tale of love and survival – of courage and the quest for wisdom – it explores the nature of our species and asks what lies at the heart of being human.

    Although partly set during a crucial era of human history 74,000 years ago, Bones Lines is very much a book for our times. Dealing with themes from genetics, climate change and migration to loneliness, the yearning for meaning and the clash between faith and reason, it also paints an intimate portrait of who we are as a species. The book tackles some of the big questions but requires no special knowledge of any of the subjects to enjoy.

    “A very well thought-out tale, full of surprises... with ideas to ponder,” Hoover Book Reviews

    "Terrific scope and a powerful narrative that keeps you turning the pages," Jane Johnson (author)
         

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