A Change in Fashion is the moving story of a young woman's struggle to free herself from her past and find her place in the world of fashion. Against the evocative backgrounds of the North Yorkshire moors and Paris, this new book illuminates the exhilarating sixties, a period of optimism when anything seemed possible for those who were young. A multi-faceted novel that will enchant all female readers who are intrigued to find out - or remember - what made the sixties so special.
Pinneberg, Germany, January 20, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) -
A Change in Fashion captures the atmosphere of the 1960s - an exciting decade that saw revolutionary trends in fashion, music, art, social and sexual mores, career opportunities and many other areas affecting women's lives. In 1965, when Holly Barton is forced to leave her home on the bleak North Yorkshire moors and goes to work as an au pair for fashion editor Arlette de Châtigny in Paris, she enters a world of luxury and a culture far different from that of the simple farmhouse in which she grew up. Little does she realize that she is also taking the first step towards becoming one of France's most promising young fashion designers. Yet Holly finds that she can commit herself neither in her profession nor in her personal relationships. It is not until she confronts life-changing events that took place in her past that the story takes an unexpected twist and she can move forward to achieve her goals.
On a soul-searching journey of self-discovery that takes her from the glamour of Paris and the French Riviera back to the wild beauty of the moors and dales, Holly gradually comes to realize that understanding and accepting her past is the key to unlocking the future. When the sixties finally draw to a close, it is not only fashion that has changed. Holly has evolved to become a confident young woman on the brink of a successful career, and has found lasting happiness with the man she loves.
Far more than a historical romance in the world of haute couture, A Change in Fashion is a novel about the importance of gaining self-knowledge and finding closure, about gender equality and the value of true friendship. It is, at the same time, a warm and emotive study of human relationships.
Born in Middlesbrough, England, Susan Gale spent her childhood on the Northumbrian coast. In 1962 her family returned to North Yorkshire to live in Guisborough, a small market town at the foot of the moors. Susan read French at Leicester University and worked in France in the sixties, where she met her German husband. In 1970 they married and settled in Germany. For over thirty years she taught English as a Second Language at a state college in Hamburg. During this period she wrote a series of ESL textbooks for adult students, which were published in Germany under her married name, Susan Lau.
On her recent retirement from teaching, Susan was able to fulfil her dream of writing her first novel, A Change in Fashion. Its central theme, the importance of self-knowledge for women, particularly those brought up before the advent of 'Women' Lib', is close to her heart. The novel also reflects her deep love of the moors and coast of her native Yorkshire, her experiences living abroad, especially in France in the sixties, and her interest in food, wine and fashion. Susan has two daughters and two grandchildren. She lives in the countryside near Hamburg with her husband Walter and Labrador Lily.
A Change in Fashion, published by Susan Gale Publishing in conjunction with WRITERSWORLD, is now available from good bookshops, www.bookdepository.co.uk and Amazon in paperback, hardback and Kindle versions. Prices are £9.99, £14.99 and £3.99 respectively.
Paperback edition: ISBN 978-0-9576584-0-0
Hardback edition: ISBN 978-0-9576584-1-7
Kindle version: ISBN 978-0-9576584-2-4
Women's fiction, Historical romance, GERMANY