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Mavis and Dot by Angela Petch - Book Tour

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Mavis and Dot
A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant

Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot - two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You'll laugh and cry but probably laugh more."This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos...[it] will resonate with a lot of readers." Gill Kaye - Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.
All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.

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Many thanks for having me on your blog. I like the name you go under and it made me think of one of the chapters I enjoyed writing the most. For “Mavis and Dot”.
 Mavis, one of my two main characters is bored one evening and in Chapter Sixteen, she sets out for a walk in her seaside town. She comes across the newly-opened “Knickerbocker Glory Club”, which she thinks is a new café. There are potent cocktails on offer; she knocks them back and ends up on stage performing with Cynthia, the regular act. She is still unaware until the following day that this attractive singer is really Lance, but they form a happy friendship and Cynthia aka Lance also befriends Dot. I suppose Cynthia serves as a foil to my two ladies, bringing out more in their characters and I had great fun hamming it up with them.
“Cynthia’s third number was a rousing edition of Waltzing Matilda, after which she mopped her brow with what Mavis thought, almost certainly, was a pair of frilly thongs, and turning to her audience, she removed the microphone from its stand and came down the steps into the room, high kicking as she came, revealing a suspender or two.
‘Your turn now, you lot,’ she said, fluttering her long, false eyelashes. ‘I’m knackered, darlings. Now, who’s going to be our star of the evening, I wonder?’
Mavis had appeared once or twice in Sunday School pantomimes. She had belonged to the church choir and had always been told she had a good voice. The cocktails had instilled bravery in her and dispelled modesty. She grabbed the microphone from Cynthia, whispering what she was going to perform.
‘Nice one, dear,’ approved Cynthia. ‘I don’t think that will be a prob,’ and she turned to scan through for the backing music on the I-player. Air on a G-string ok for you, dear?’ she asked, with a chuckle.
Mavis, never having been formally musically trained, and missing the innuendo, nodded agreement. The opening bars boomed out, Cynthia shouted, ‘Take it away, Mave,’ and, before she knew it, Mavis had raised the roof with the audience to a man, as they raucously responded to the chorus of ‘Woof, woof!’”

The inspiration for “Mavis and Dot” came via the loss of my best friend twelve years ago. I still miss her. At the time, our daughters were still at school and we met at the school gates. Occasionally we had days out together. Both of us loved antiques, auctions and charity shops. We called each other Mavis and Dot as we walked along, our bags crammed with discoveries and goodies. When she was very ill with ovarian cancer, I wrote her a story based on our two imagined characters and she liked it. All these years later, I’ve added more episodes and turned them into this novella. I hope to raise some money for cancer research from the sales.
There’s a saying I’ve come across: “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, then that’s a full day”. I’m hoping that “Mavis and Dot”, with its span of emotions, will resonate with readers.

Author Bio
A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.
In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.
“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.

Twitter: @Angela_Petch


     “Tuscan Roots” (to be reissued by Bookouture in 2019)


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