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The Worm Hole Podcast Episode 29: Marianne Holmes (A Little Bird Told Me; All Your Little Lies)

Charlie and Marianne Holmes (A Little Bird Told Me; All Your Little Lies) discuss procedures when children go missing, societal changes in regards to domestic violence in the 1970s, and, on a lighter note, trying not to finish books you’re not enjoying.

Please note there is some noise in this episode – noise cancelling headphones are recommended (pun not intended) as they will make the vocals crisper.

Wikipedia’s article on K M Peyton’s Flambards
The act created in 1976 was the Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act. According to the British Library “This act enabled married women to obtain a court order against their violent husbands without divorce or separation proceedings. A court could order a man out of the matrimonial home, whether or not he owned it or tenancy was in his name. Problems arose because this protection did not apply to unmarried women.”
Missing People

Release details: recorded 18th December 2020; published 11th January 2021

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00:35 You grew up in different countries; your father was in the RAF. Can you tell us about that?
01:05 Has your career in marketing helped with your books?
01:49 Your road to publication started with a tweet?…
03:50 Do you plan your books?
10:22 Why the heatwave of 1976?
11:47 Was Robin’s reading material, Flambards, a book you read yourself?
12:26 Could you talk about the era in terms of the social changes in regards to domestic violence?
13:54 The refusal of adults to tell things to children – for A Little Bird Told Me, was that inspired by a particular event?
20:03 What, to you, is the defining element of All Your Little Lies?
21:31 Your son’s reaction to a missing child influenced the book?…
24:32 (For both books) how do you incorporate the two narratives, the character as a child and as an adult?
25:39 What was your reason for writing in the third person as opposed to the first?
26:51 How much time did you need to spend developing the secondary characters for the readers’ understanding of Annie to work?
28:14 Is Annie going to be able to heal from all of this?
29:20 In both books you look at the ways young girls relate to each other – this is important to you?
30:38 You have a book on the go about a little known figure…
32:21 Have you been successful in putting down books you’re not enjoying reading?

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