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Naked in the Wind


Shirley has written an honest, yet compelling account of how she took on the drug giants and the murky medical world of drug trials, doctored statistics and cover ups. Oh how I admire her for this and her beautifully written prose. Her deftly woven narrative charts how she tackled the baffling French legal system in a language that isn't her own alongside charming snapshots of her life in rural France. Shirley's fortitude leaps off every page; so many of us would hide away after not only dealing with cancer, but the prospect of life without a glossy mane of hair - not Shirley. Her writing is compelling, funny and honest. I read this book in one sitting. I've no doubt many more readers - rightly so - will do the same.

Samantha Brick, writer. 

Shirley has managed to write a book that's personal, funny,compassionate, entertaining and informative all at the same time.

A great read!

Leslie Ann Butler, author of the award -winning book "If your Hair Falls Out, Keep Dancing!"

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The Unexpected Pilgrim


A light-hearted and fast moving travelogue.

When presented with an opportunity to visit Israel for four days, Shirley decided it was a chance she could not turn down. 

It would mean sightseeing on her own - a daunting task for this woman in her mid fifties with a terrible sense of direction. She decided to cram as much as possible into her short time there with some amusing and exhausting consequences!


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Mischief in Manhattan


Five women from England decide to go to New York City for five days, to sight-see and celebrate a 50th birthday. Shirley is invited along to make up the numbers, but will they all see eye to eye or will there be bickering in the Big Apple?

With neighbours they haven't bargained for, troublesome fried dumplings, spoons and dress shoes, and some typical 'Englishness' thrown in, will Shirley's intrusion cause a strain on the friendships of the four strong and very diverse personalities? Only time will tell!

© 2018 by S.A. Ledlie