Father’s notebooks lead to new novel from Heather

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A new book, based on a true story, written by Berwickshire author Heather Argent is available now.

‘It’s the Antiques or me! - A decision to make or a solution to find’ is based on a true story. Heather’s father Geoffrey Chambers had written on dozens of small notebooks which were discovered in a corner of his garage after his demise.

Heather, who lives in Houndwood, explained: “My father had chronicled his life from a small boy growing up in rural Lincolnshire in the early 1900s through to the 1950s and his fascination from an early age with antiques.”

Told with affectionate humour, the story tells of love and antiques, set against a background rich in colourful characters, married life and a father-in-law in politics with friends such as Ramsey MacDonald and other leaders of the day.

It explains how he found a job during the ‘Depression’ in the city of Peterborough and describes the camaraderie in the 1940s for those unable to go and fight and who were left behind to “do their bit” to support the War effort.

Geof looked forward to returning to his antique collection and comfortable family life after the War when his wife delivered her ultimatum - “It’s the antiques or me!”. He had to find a solution and the sooner the better.

The book is published in paperback version and e-book versions by Amazon.co.uk, Ltd priced £6.46 and £2.99 respectively.

Heather was born and raised in Peterborough and became a freelance journalist for East Anglian country magazines.

She said: “I wrote the book some years ago but was unable to get it published. After moving up to the Borders it sat on the shelf for a couple of year before I decided to update and I am delighted that it has now been published.”

Heather and her husband Les run the Fuchsia Centre and tearoom at Houndwood.

She added: “We have run the Fuchsia Centre for some time now but opened the tearoom to support it in 2004.”