A BORN and bred Boston woman aged 101 years old has just had her first novel published.
Margaret Comer, better known as Meg, of Vaxhall Court Nursing Home, has written all her life, but saved Plain Jane until after she moved into the home.
Set in Boston, it covers the life and times of heroine Jane all the way up to her hundredth year including a stint as a proof-reader at the Standard, and closely mirrors Margaret’s own.
It includes some of the town’s recent history, but the book is also an intimate portrait of a long life lived true to Edwardian values.
When asked why she wrote the book, which took several years to finish, she said: “For fun. I enjoyed it.”
Speaking about her favourite part, she said: “I liked the bit about her daddy being travelled, like when they went to Paris.”
Her experiences include being a pupil of Boston High, a Sunday school teacher at the Holy Trinity Church, an assistant at Enderby’s opticians, a secretary of the Boston Playgoers and a proof-reader for the Boston Standard.
Meg was greatly involved in Blackfriars Theatre and had several scripts turned into plays both in town and in the south of the country.
Working in the Standard she said she enjoyed finding mistakes, especially when she had to tick off a reporter she called Chris.
Jane also works as a proof reader and points out some of the mistakes she finds including a ‘defective inspector’, a bride wearing a ‘violent cat’ and an ‘arch-beacon’.
Plain Jane is available at £10 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, all proceeds are go to charity.
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