A FEELGOOD summer read about Redcoats at Butlins is to be published by a best-selling author.
Elaine Everest has turned her writing skills to the well-known holiday resorts after the success of her previous book, The Woolworths Girls.
In The Butlins Girls, she uses the backdrop of a glorious 1940s holiday camp in Skegness for her heart-warming and nostalgic tale. Elaine spent much of her childhood holidays at UK camps and has a personal connection to Butlin’s as her grandfather owned a travelling fairground and sold his rides to Sir Billy Butlin after the Second World War.
She said: “I wanted to set my story in a place that was as popular as Woolworths.
“I also wanted to start the story in Kent – in Erith to be precise – where I often set my stories. As a child, I had fond memories of family holidays at holiday camps and, although this was from the mid-Sixties, nothing much had changed from when Sir Billy Butlin opened up his camps after World War Two.
“From there, the story started to weave in my mind, and many happy months followed as my new ‘girls’ started work at Butlin’s in Skegness and, while working hard, they found love, excitement and happiness.”
Elaine lives in Kent and has written widely for various women’s magazines.
When she isn’t writing, she runs The Write Place creative writing school in Dartford, Kent, and the blog for the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
In The Butlins Girls, the story follows Molly Missions who applies for a job in one of the holiday camps after she loses both her parents.
She finds true friendship with her fellow Butlin’s girls, who’ve also escaped their pasts for the adventure of a lifetime.
Life seems to have changed for Molly for the good and former film star and Butlin’s head of entertainment Johnny Johnson soon takes a shine to her.
The Butlins Girls will be published by Pan Macmillan, £6.99, on May 4. ISBN 978-1-4472-9553-2