Talk with Readings

Wednesday 28th August 7.00 – 8.00pm at
Burway Books, Beaumont Rd, Church Stretton, SY6 6BN

Tickets FREE (but please reserve your place as space is limited – light refreshments will be provided)

The Red GeneMeet author Barbara Lamplugh who will be talking about her latest novel, ‘The Red Gene’ and reading extracts from it.

Barbara was born and grew up in the suburbs of London. After gaining a degree in Language and English she trained as a librarian and worked in public libraries in Shropshire as well as working as a project officer for Age Concern, running a Volunteer Bureau and, briefly, recording milk yields on Shropshire farms. She also found time to train as a counsellor and use her skills with two local charities, and to write occasional articles for magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian.

In 1999 she moved to Granada, Spain, where she continued to write fiction, using Spanish settings for her novels. ‘Secrets of the Pomegranate’, published in 2015, was set in Granada. ‘The Red Gene’ is set in various locations in both Spain and England.

About ‘The Red Gene’

When Rose, a young English nurse with humanitarian ideals, decides to volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, she is little prepared for the experiences that await her.

Working on one front after another, witness to all the horrors of war, she falls in love with a Republican fighter, Miguel. In 1939 as defeat becomes inevitable, Rose is faced with a decision that will change her life and leave her with lasting scars.

Interspersed with Rose’s story is that of Consuelo, a girl growing up in a staunchly Catholic family on the other side of the ideological divide. Never quite belonging, treated unkindly, she discovers at a young age that she was adopted but her attempts to learn more about her origins are largely thwarted.

It falls to the third generation, to Consuelo’s daughter Marisol, born in the year of Franco’s death and growing up in a rapidly changing Spain, to investigate the dark secrets of her family and find the answers that have until now eluded her mother.