Swinging Sixties the setting for author’s first novel

Author Angela Young from Weston Turville with her new book
Author Angela Young from Weston Turville with her new book

A woman who grew up during the 60s has written an autobiographical novel based on her experiences.

Angela Young, 60, was a teenager during the Swinging Sixties when the Beatles topped the pop charts, mini skirts got shorter and young people seemed to rule the world.

But she admits her own life was far less exciting than anything depicted in the media of the time.

Angela, who lives in Weston Turville and works as a teaching assistant at John Hampden Primary School in Wendover, said: “I wish my 60s had been a bit more swinging than they were.

“I would have liked to have been that little bit older. I moved to London when I was 21 in the early 1970’s and that’s when I started to have my time.”

Her novel, Hollow Victory, is set in Gravesend, Kent, where she was brought up.

The lead character, Maureen, is a 14-year-old only child living with her quite old fashioned parents in a pub when the story begins.

Angela said: “I have always wanted to write a book and about three years ago I started, and because it is autobiographical it’s easier as the storyline is already there.”

Having worked in advertising and research throughout her career, Angela particularly enjoyed researching the history of Gravesend and the political events of the time.

Holding her very first published novel in her hands was an ‘incredibly exciting’ moment and she has now started work on her second book, again to be based in Gravesend, but this time set in the early 19th century and about the beginnings of the cement industry.

Hollow Victory is available to order from Amazon or Waterstones and costs £7.99 for the paperback and £13 for the hardback.