I longed for a Mary Quant, black and white Op Art shift dress and matching poker straight asymmetrically-cut hair. I also wanted three-quarter, white PVC boots and, if it wasn’t too much trouble - a mini-trench coat. Oh, and a pair of gloves with holes cut out over the knuckles accompanied by a handbag that looked like a swiss-roll on a chain.
Sadly, the one pound, one shilling and a penny I was paid for helping out at the local green grocers on a Saturday wouldn’t stretch to buying my heart’s desire. I had to settle instead for browsing the newly opened (and very exciting) Chelsea Girl before moving on to the much cheaper C&A where mini-kilts were sold for nineteen shillings. But, as a consolation prize and rite of passage, I bought my first pair of tights (necessary because of the shorter skirts) that summer; and consigned suspender belt and stockings to the fashion graveyard.
As for the pop concert, my friend screamed so much when Scott Walker came on the stage that she hyperventilated and I had to take her to the
station to be revived. Thereby missing the gorgeous Scott. We stopped being
friends soon after that, the girl I mean, not Scott Walker and me. I still
think he’s gorgeous and have kept all my LP’s. St John’s
Happy days - what are you memories of that era?
A little about Lizzie
With Scottish, Irish, and Brazilian blood in her veins, it’s hardly surprising Lizzie Lamb is a writer. She even wrote extra scenes for the films she watched as a child: The Parent Trap, Pollyanna etc. Until she was drummed out of the playground for keeping all the good lines for herself. Luckily, she saves them for her readers these days. A huge fan of Jilly Cooper, Lizzie had some short stories published and even found herself an agent - but, her writing went on hold while she pursued a successful teaching career, finishing up as a Deputy Head teacher of a large primary school in Leicestershire. Back to being a novelist, her début novel Tall, Dark and Kilted – themed Notting Hill meets Monarch of the Glen – echoes her love of her homeland in every page, not to mention heroes in kilts. She is currently writing her second novel: Boot Camp Bride about a rookie journalist sent undercover into a boot camp for brides in order to investigate a drugs dealing/money laundering trail that reaches all the way from
to Columbia Norfolk. At
her side is her nemesis and infuriating fellow journo Raffa Ffinch. Will she
get her scoop? Can romance flourish in the Norfolk marshes?
Lizzie has the plots and outlines for several
more romantically themed novels which she likes to describe as
'humorously ever after.'
Lizzie has also formed an indie publishing collaborative with three other members of the Romantic Novelists' Association's New Writers Scheme. Calling themselves the New Romantics 4, they strongly advocate ‘sisters doing it for themselves’ and to that end have self-published on Kindle and Create Space and held Red Carpet Events to showcase their talents. Lizzie firmly believes that which is written and has been edited and revised, should have the opportunity to be read.
Tall Dark and Kilted: http://tinyurl.com/cdjyec6
joint blog with NR4: www.newromantics4.com