Profile : Nicky Slade
Slade was brought up in Poole, Dorset. She wrote children’s
stories when her three children were growing up, moving onto short
stories for several national magazines. Winning a story competition
in Family Circle galvanised her into writing seriously and since
then her stories and articles have been commissioned regularly.
Scuba Dancing is her first published novel.
so many people live alone today, Nicola suggests that a lively singles
group such as the one in Scuba
Dancing might be a desirable alternative to suffering in silence
– though perhaps a group with a more orthodox agenda than
the one in the book.
enjoys travelling and has lived in Egypt. She has tried her hand
at antiques dealing and as an artist is currently being asked for
pictures of giant vegetables – her latest commission being
a three foot long chilli pepper.
her husband and their cat live near Winchester in Hampshire.
was late spring when the angel first manifested himself to Ursula
Buchanan in the village shop, just along the aisle from the bacon
slicing machine… ‘Go on,’ he urged, pointing
a glowing golden finger at the notice. ‘Join the group,
Ursula, it’ll change your life.’
so it does.
is not the only life to be altered forever.
Walking out on her job in Brussels, her flat and yet another in
a long line of disastrous relationships, Finn Fitzgerald decides
at 45, it’s about time she took herself in hand and found
out what she wants from life. Moving in with her sister, and meeting
gorgeous Charlie Stuart is great, but how on earth has she ended
up working as a clairvoyant?
and her friends are busy raising funds but are very cagey about
exactly which good cause they are supporting. Then there’s
wealthy, gin soaked Delia, ex-Brown Owl, Bobbie, Sue who despairs
of her unfaithful husband and Rosemary who despairs of her demented,
Finn and Charlie Stuart find themselves drawn into the money-making
activities of the older generation and love is in the air. Until
that is, they find out more about the alleged good cause, and
Finn finds out about Charlie’s wife.
‘A wonderful mix of way-out characters, gin soaked or otherwise,
in a plot full of warmth and humour. A great read.’
has her own website that you can visit at www.nicolaslade.com