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The Princess of Felling describes Elaine’s childhood and adolescence growing up on Tyneside in the 1970s and 1980s. The book pays homage to her home town of Felling on Tyne and is an extended, loving letter to her late parents.

This illustrated poetic memoir features a Foreword by Michael Chaplin, photographs of Felling taken in summer 2018 by Rossena Petcova and unique maps by poet and artist Steve Lancaster.

The book contains reminiscences by Felling folk plus guest appearances by Nick Heyward, David Almond, Tracey Thorn, Sir Kingsley Amis, The Reverend Richard Coles, Lady Elsie Robson, U.A. Fanthorpe, Gyles Brandreth and more.

Reading this was like getting snuggled up on the sofa with a glass of wine with your best friend while they told you tales of their childhood. I really enjoyed listening to the goings on of a small village and the changes that have come about, it felt really relatable as I have always lived in a small village!

You can really feel the authors love for her village shine through this is book and seeing the real pictures of the locations she was talking about.

I was also lucky enough to be sent the prequel which really explained where the name for the second book came from and read as such a lovely fairy tale that I wish it was a children’s book!

Thank you to @annecater and #RandomThingsTours for my #gifted copy in exchange for review

To find out more about the author, pick up a copy of this book!

 You can buy your copy online from Elaine’s publisher

Find out more about Elaine’s writing and forthcoming gigs by visiting, and by liking her Elaine Cusack writer page on Facebook.


A working mum who just loves to read!

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