Alison R Reed (also writing as Marianna Bell and Michael N Allison)

A Key for Hannah

Set in 1815, Hannah Shelston finds herself rather distressingly with a cut to her forehead, a few sovereigns in her purse, a key in her hand and no real idea of what happened to make her flee from her ancestral home! The key fits the door of a dilapidated manor house on the outskirts of the village of Thatchfield and it is here that Hannah begins to make a home with her cousin Fanny and later Jane, a little girl left in their care. The friendship of the local Squire and some of the villagers is necessary to their survival, but then Hannah’s past comes back to haunt them! The key to everything is a maid called Dorcas, but no-one knows where she is…


Stretching from Wales to the Black Country in the heart of the industrial Midlands, this is a tale of adventure and romance that will keep you guessing right to the end!



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Winter Shorts

When the nights are long and cold, settle into a comfy chair by the fire and warm yourself inside and out with these moving stories.

Meet retired Sandra and her forgetful husband, and then discover why the Nativity play came in boxes. Find out how number 13 was lucky for Ed, and learn how Josie coped as a young mum with no money. Admire the beautiful wartime Blondie and find out how love conquers all in post-WW2 Germany, then marvel at Annie's daring mother, Hilda. Read about how Laura helps her Aunty Vee get her life back, and finally join Albert, Stephan, Karl and Philippe as they forge an unlikely friendship.

All the stories in this collection have been inspired by real life events.

WINTER FESTIVALS - an anthology from Walsall Writers' Circle

WINTER FESTIVALS - an anthology from Walsall Writers’ Circle

Includes: articles, poems, short stories and memoirs about: Christmas, Diwali, Halloween, Samhain, Bonfire Night, Saturnalia, Yelda, the Winter Solstice, New Year, Valentine’s Day etc!

(Introduction and Diwali)

Barcroft - memories of a school

Satchels, Inkwells and Milk Monitors (for Walsall Writers' Circle)

Sutton Coldfield - a history and celebration

First published book, written in conjunction with Francis Frith and Ottakars, Sutton Coldfield, a history and celebration was first published in 2005 as a limited edition of approximately 1000 books.  Since then, it has become available direct from the Francis Frith Website.