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Salley Vickers Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Miss Garnet's Angel (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Instances of the Number 3 (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr Golightly's Holiday (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet and Comfortable Words (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Other Side of You (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dancing Backwards (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cleaner of Chartres (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cousins (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Librarian (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandmothers (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gardener (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Vacation (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reader, She Married Me (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Aphrodite's Hat (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Who Could See Death (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Canongate's The Myths Books

A Short History of Myth (By: Karen Armstrong) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson (By: David Grossman) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penelopiad (By: Margaret Atwood) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weight (By: Jeanette Winterson) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Helmet of Horror (By: Victor Pelevin) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Three Roads Meet (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Binu and the Great Wall (By: Su Tong) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (By: Dubravka Ugrešić) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Goddess Chronicle (By: Natsuo Kirino) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss and Part(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gifts of Reading(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Salley Vickers is a Literature and fiction writer born in Liverpool, the UK. Her parents were members of the British Communist Party. She was awarded a state scholarship to St Paul’s Girl’s School and later went to study English at Newnham College Cambridge.

Salley worked as a dancer, cleaner teacher to children with special needs, an artist model, a psycho-analyst, and a literature teacher university. She later became a full-time author while discussing various subjects mostly connected to art, psychology, religion, and literature.

Her Debut novel ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’ was selected as an international word of Mouth bestseller. Sylvia loves watching birds, opera, and reading poetry.

The Librarian

Sylvia Blackwell, lady in her 20’s, relacates to East Mole, an attractive town in middle England, to become a librarian. She’s happy to leave her life behind in Swindon to start afresh in a different place. She is enthusiastic about reading and is set to give new energy to the children’s Library even when she has to deal with the hostility of her boss. All she wants is to get the children in the area to read. However, the peaceful small town is not as it appears to be.

Sylvia rents one of the cottages and befriends one of her neighboring families. After her new job has kicked off, Sylvia falls in love with an older man, Hugh Bell, but develops the connection between his daughter and her neighbor’s son is about to change.

She becomes friends with Sam, an intelligent son of one of her neighbors, Lizzie, a granddaughter to her landlady, and Marigold, a local doctor’s daughter. Can their relationship last long enough? Her love comes in the form of a married man, which soon causes a scandal and puts the Library and her job in danger.

The Library is struggling, and the book collection requires some updating. Sylvia is prepared to share her love for children’s literature with the young people in the town. She hopes to transform the Library’s unloved section into an impressive hub for the town’s children.

Sylvia brings the Library into shape while getting in touch with the local school with hopes of getting more children to the Library.

However, not everyone is happy with some of her ideas of encouraging children into the Library. She manages to make a few friends and take some children under her wing to keep them encouraged. She even recommends some books to the children who come to the Library, which plays a big role in becoming friends with some of them. Her neighbor’s children admire her so much.

Soon Sylvia meets the charming Dr. Hugh Bell, who has just arrived in East Mole with his conceited wife and his mature daughter; it appears that not all Sylvia’s intentions are good as everyone thought. Soon she starts falling in love with him and finds out that his daughter Marigold also attends the Library.

Soon, the taste of change in East Mole is blown away after a Henry Miller book is stolen from the restricted access area of the Library and Sylvia is blamed, which changes everything about her life.
Will the Library change the lives of the young children, and what impact will the books introduce Sylvia to them? She is still coming to terms with her attraction to the man when all this is happening. She gets pressured over the library’s continuing existence and her position there.

Her busy landlady requests her to tutor her underperforming 11-year-old granddaughter Lizzie which she agrees to do with Sam’s help.

Sally shows the sense of idealistic outsiders driven by the love for books and the desire to spread the fun of reading while at the same time facing opposition from small-minded members of the small town who are against Sylvia’s ideas.

The story is set at the end of the 1950s, centered in a library where some book reference is thrown in too. The Novel looks into human relationships reminding the readers how they can be improved. Sally Vickers has a firm grasp of the character development and settings.

The Librarian is a delightful book that every reader should have on their read list. Sally Vickers shows his skill in the fiction field, putting more attention to details in the setting that is so authentic. She shows awareness of moral codes and social changes as social attitudes. The characters have been well outlined, adding more flesh to the story.

The story’s plotline is simple and easy to follow, so you don’t have to scratch your head when reading it. It shows how some librarians’ actions hugely impact people’s passion for the book and change lives. Library caretakers have a vital role in communities, especially in the young generation

The Librarian is an entertaining novel with a very important message to its readers. It’s the kind of book that will brighten your day, especially for bookworms.
Miss Garnet’s Angel

It’s the story of Miss Julia Garnet, a recently retired school teacher who decides to rent an apartment in Venice for six months after the demise of his long- time friend Harriet. The city’s beauty and unique art soon fascinate her, and her English reserve starts fading away.

Miss Garnet has always dedicated her life to her career and has never tasted or known love. Communist leanings and lack of religious belief may have blocked her from enjoying the fun things that life had to offer.

For once in her life, Venice does the magic, Miss Garnet falls in love with an art dealer, Carlo, and the Italian boy, Nicco, soon changes her ordinary life. She also discovers that there is more to life than she thought.

Soon she learns how to make friends and discovers art, love, and mystery. As Julia Garnet’s story unfolds, Sally Vickers tells the story of Tobias and Angel and later links the stories into one. Garnet’s life diversifies as she explores what the town offers; her life becomes interesting as she experiences a spiritual awakening.

While Garnet unravels the story of Tobiah’s redemption, she also struggles to recover losses when the priceless painting of a mysterious angel goes missing from the chapel with one of the twins restoring it.

However, along the way, she’ll have to suffer doubts and setbacks while unraveling some mysteries before repossessing her peace of mind. Most things in the novel aren’t what they appear to be.

Miss Garnet’s Angel is a multilayered story that will keep the reader engaged to the last page.

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