Maggie Brookes

Maggie Brookes

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Dear Reader, Do you love stories as much as I do? I try to write the kind of stories I most want to read, about the best and worst of human beings, about the friendship and love which proves stronger than even the most appalling circumstances. The story behind my new book 'Acts of Love and War' grabbed hold of me so tight that it wouldn't let me go until I had finished writing it. I hope it captures you too. I have been in love with stories all my life - and once I discovered it was possible to write them as well as read them, I was off, filling notebook after notebook through my childhood and teens. The power of stories led me to an English degree and then to work as a local paper reporter – and I can promise you, all human life was there! When I moved to the BBC as a TV documentary producer, I discovered the lure of historical stories. 'The Prisoner’s Wife' is based on an extraordinary true story of love and courage, which was told to me in a lift by an ex-WW2 prisoner of war. As he told me the story, I felt my hair stand on end. I visited the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany as part of my research for the book, marvelling at the endurance of people and the potency of love. 'The Prisoner’s Wife' was published around the world in 2020. 'Acts of Love and War' is based on another story which sent shivers up my spine. Author Nickki Marmery calls it, "A love story with a twist; a war story with a difference." I have to admit I knew almost nothing about the Spanish civil war when I began my research, but I realised the story was one I passionately wanted to share with you. I hope you find it as heart-rending and ultimately life-affirming as I did. Let me know what you think! You can find me on my website:, on Twitter @maggie__brookes, on Instagram @maggie__brookes, on Facebook @maggiebrookesnovelist or even under my poetry alias Maggie
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