Portsmouth High School girls were delighted to have debut novelist, Lucy Foley, return to her old school to talk about her book, The Book of Lost and Found, the world of publishing and her time at Portsmouth High School.
Lucy read extracts from her book and shared her love of reading with the girls as well as explaining the route that she took to becoming a published novelist. She also spent time talking to a smaller group of creative writing Sixth Formers about her daily routine and enthusiasm for her writing.
‘It was wonderful to come back to the school to meet the girls. The memories of my time here are still so fresh and this is where I discovered my love of reading and writing which launched me into a career of books,’ said Lucy.
Lucy left Portsmouth High School in 2004 and read English Literature at Durham University. She then did a PHD at UCL before working for several years in the publishing industry. The Book of Lost and Found is a love story spanning the 20th Century and set in Corsica, Paris and New York.
‘My English teachers at Portsmouth High, Mrs Williams and Ms Cresswell, were fantastic: encouraging, challenging and illuminating, and I credit them with developing my love of the subject. Now, as an author, I see myself as a professional reader as much as a writer. I have come to writing through reading. It has been essential for my research for The Book of Lost and Found into various subjects – the twenties, the thirties, the French Resistance – but, for me, there is more to it than that. As a young writer who simply hasn’t been in the world long enough to only plumb my life for inspiration, reading has helped to fire my imagination, transporting me to different worlds, eras and experiences.’
Lucy’s book, The Book of Lost and Found, published by Harper Collins, is available from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Lost-Found-Lucy-Foley/dp/0007575327