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Shy, sweet-natured Lucy Collins is used to be pushed around. For the first eighteen years of her life, her widowed mother Judith ruled the roost. Now Lucy's husband, her seven-year-old daughter and even Smudge the cat boss her about. But her mother's premature death leaves Lucy an orphan at the age of thirty-five. She's devastated...but she's also free. After a lifetime of being a disappointment to everyone, is it finally time Lucy grew up? As she clears out her mother's rambling house, Lucy discovers a trunk full of memories...her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all Brown Owls: capable, no-nonsense matriarchs who were the leading lights of the Girl Guide movement. They spent their spare time preparing the next generation for their roles as wives and mothers with a mixture of campfire songs, sew-on badges and reef knots. But could the old-fashioned values and frontier spirit now hold the key to help Lucy make the changes she needs in her life?
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Brownies are part of British culture: more than 50% of women have been a Brownie at some point Former Brownies include: Kate Moss, Davina McCall, Delia Smith, Cherie Blair, Lorraine Kelly, Zoe Ball, Emma Thompson, Carol Vorderman 'A funny, engaging and bittersweet read about life after the supposedly happy ending. Brilliant.' Mike Gayle on THE STARTER MARRIAGE '...captures the ups and downs of thirty-something life and love so beautifully and in such a real way, you'll find yourself wishing you could dash out and meet its characters down the pub.' Chris Manby 'I enjoyed it more than any book I've read in a long time. Her writing is compulsively readable: warm, witty, moving and insightful. I loved it.' Louise Voss Kate Harrison's first novel, OLD SCHOOL TIES, was shortlisted for WH Smiths Fresh Talent

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Kate Harrison is in her thirties and before turning to novels, worked in television, as a programme developer. She has also been a director on Panorama, Newsround and Midlands Today. She lives in West London.

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"Nostalgic and funny." HEAT, 27 May "Funny and touching" IMAGE, June issue "Upbeat" LANCASHIRE EVENING POST, 3 Jun

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