The majority of the population will know Judy Finnigan as one half of the Richard and Judy duo, who have graced our screens for nearly three decades. Yet Manchester-born Judy has branched out to become an author in her own right. Judy has always loved literature and studied English and Drama at Bristol University. In 1971, Judy joined Granada TV as a researcher before spending a year in New York. When she returned to the UK she spent six years as a reporter for Anglia Television, before returning to Granada. A couple of years later, Richard Madeley joined the team at Granada and the rest, as they say, is history.
The pair recorded their first episode of This Morning in 1988, and went on to present the show for a very successful 13 years, before taking on the aptly-named show 'Richard & Judy' on Channel 4 for seven years. It was during this time that the Richard & Judy Book Club was born – something that revolutionised the nation's reading habits and remains just as popular a decade later. Judy's debut novel, Eloise, is proof that she not only talks about books, but she can write a phenomenally good one, too.
I Do Not Sleep
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her 20-year-old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident. His empty boat was found washed ashore on the rocks - but his body was never found. Now, Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his disappearance, unable to accept he is gone. Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea - things just don't add up and Molly cannot let it go. Desperate for answers she turns to Joey's best friend, Ben, to go back to what really happened that day ...Unputdownable and wonderfully moving, this is a story of the enduring power of a mother's love.
Judy Finnigan's Fantastic Debut Novel
Cathy's world is torn apart when her best friend, Eloise, dies from a long-suffering fight with breast cancer. Eloise has left behind young twin daughters and a husband. But what secrets did she take to her grave? Cathy has suffered with depression in the past, so when she starts telling her husband of her suspicions about Eloise's death, coupled with her ability to sense Eloise's spirit, he thinks she is on the brink of another nervous breakdown. Cathy decides to explore Eloise's past on her own and begins to discover her friend's tragic secret, often putting herself in danger along the way. Set in Cornwall, with beautiful descriptions of the beaches and winding lanes, the book's twists and turns make for a haunting and utterly gripping read.