A library talk by local author Caroline Newark will take place at Crewkerne Library on Tuesday March 20th at 10.30 am. Caroline Newark who lives in Ilminster was inspired to write novels by her mother’s family tree. Six years ago after a varied career which included teaching in Ghana and at Aberystwyth University, running a table duck business in Dorset, opening a children’s nursery in Southampton and together with her husband, milking Jersey cows in Wales and making artisan cheese, Caroline began the immense task of writing about the lives of the twenty-one women mentioned in her mother’s family tree, starting in thirteenth century France.
Caroline’s talk at Crewkerne Library on her latest book, The Pearl Of France, was inspired by her nineteen times great-grandmother. The novel follows the story of nineteen year old Marguerite, whose brother Philip IV King of France marries her to his bitter enemy, the elderly English King Edward I. Caroline said: “It is a story of a royal marriage where passion runs high and jealousy bites deep but nothing can protect you from your husband’s world of treachery, murder and hideous bloody revenge.” Everyone is welcome to come and listen to local author Caroline Newark at this free event.