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71 year old Janet holds book signing at Woodlands Court


Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities

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A new book celebrating the exploits of Victorian socialite Catherine Gladstone was launched today at a retirement housing estate managed by Hanover Housing Association.

Hanover resident 71 year old Janet Hilderley was joined by Cllr Michael Smith Mayor of Woking as she launched the book at Woodlands court.

Janet said “I started writing books by accident. Following a career in charitable work I decided to take early retirement.
“After a few months I started to feel a little bored, so I decided to put pen to paper and started writing a history book about former 19th century prime minister Benjamin Disraelily.
“Although I sold several copies it wasn’t quite as successful as I had hoped. For a short time a prime time television company considered making the book into a television series.”

Since then Janet has concentrated her efforts in writing biographies about tenacious women such as Florence Desmond who was instrumental in funding medical equipment to fight cancer at St Luke’s Hospital in Guilford.

Janet is hoping that her latest offering ‘Mrs Catherine Gladstone – A Woman Not Quite of Her Time’ will be her most successful biography yet.  It explores the irony of Mrs Gladstone’s passion to help the poor and her loathing for fashion and politics whisst being the wife of Prime Minister William Gladstone.

Hanover Housing Manager Philip Mason said: “We are all very proud of Janet. It just goes to show you never can judge a book by its cover.

The book is available from all good booksellers, or direct from Gazelle Books, post-free, tel 01524 68765, or email’.


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