PUBLISHED: 17:13 30 June 2019 Steve Russell Laurie Ellingham/Lauren North's new author photograph. Writers of dark fiction shouldn't smile, apparently… Picture: Laurie Ellingham Archant The Perfect Betrayal features a widow whose son goes missing, and a beautiful grief counsellor. 'I've always had an active imagination,' says writer ‘I’ve had countless rejections along the way, countless knocks to my confidence, but I’ve always managed to pick myself up and keep going, because I love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else’ Picture: Laurie EllinghamIt's like being jump-started, reading the first few lines. Tess is in hospital. She's been stabbed. Son Jamie is missing. After that, you're never quite sure what's true and what isn't.The last time I heard from Laurie Ellingham, she'd written a novel about a 32-year-old who transformed her life after realising her lazy boyfriend was never going to pop the question. … [Read more...] about New psychological thriller from Suffolk writer
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Used car special: How to find the best pre-owned motors BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Buying a new car - either brand new or pre-owned - is one of life's greatest moments. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/used-car-special-how-to-find-the-best-preowned-motors-38203383.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/article38203377.ece/6b41b/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-06-12_lif_51019095_I1.JPG Email Buying a new car - either brand new or pre-owned - is one of life's greatest moments. However, setting out to buy a car is one of the largest spends you'll make so it's always best to come armed with knowledge about makes, uses and prices. The best thing about a used car is value for money. That's because the first stage of depreciation is already over with. There are of course different ways to buy a used car but the safest bet is to purchase one from a reputable dealer. This may not always be as cheap as buying from an owner, but it's the safest and least complicated. A good rule of thumb is … [Read more...] about Used car special: How to find the best pre-owned motors
I drive a 151 Peugeot 5008 with 110,000km. I do 30,000km each year - the majority of which would be shortish journeys: school runs, matches, activities etc. We have three children aged from 10 to 5. We are looking to change to a 17-reg or 18-reg car. Our Peugeot is just out of warranty and things are starting to go wrong. We don't really need a 7-seater - it's handy but not necessary. One child is in a high-back booster, the other two on booster cushions. We are thinking of a Hyundai Tucson. Would you recommend this for our needs? Are there any other cars that you think we should consider? Our budget is around €15k. Gillian: I would have absolutely no concerns about buying a Hyundai Tucson 1.7 dsl. They are popular and have been since the day they launched. You should get into a 181 Comfort Plus model, but maybe look to push your budget a tad more for the Executive spec. There is a new model 1.6 dsl out now, so you will be buying the older model, just something to think about. I … [Read more...] about Tucson or not? Spoilt for choice? €8,000 for second car? Best hybrid? New PCP?
Plymouth has many great businesses, but which are the best? And which have been the best during the past decade? The only way to find out if your firm is the tops is by entering the Plymouth Business Awards. There are categories for best large, medium and small business of 2019. And if you win your firm will be in illustrious company. Here are all the business of the year winners at the Plymouth Business Awards, formerly called The Herald Business Awards, since they were first staged in 2011. So, that’s pretty much a decade of success, encapsulated in these companies. Here’s who won what and when: Burts Snacks The Roborough-based snack producer is the only firm to be named Plymouth’s business of the year twice in two different categories – showing how much it has grown. The company, which employs more than 200 people and turned over £29.4million in 2018, was named Large Business of the Year in 2018, after being Medium Business of the Year five years … [Read more...] about The BEST Plymouth businesses of the past decade
MOST first-time buyers have to make sacrifices when it comes to saving for a deposit - and for Jay Macklin that meant selling his dream car. The mechanical engineer flogged his six-year-old Audi TTS for £13,000 six months after he bought it so that he and his wife Sarah, 24, could get their foot on the property ladder. Two years on, the couple say it was totally worth it to buy their £145,000 three-bed semi-detached house outside Chester by the time Sarah turned 22. It took more than just selling the car for the pair to get the funds together for a 10 per cent deposit and enough to cover legal fees, which worked out at £17,000 in total. They both opened Help To Buy Isas which they paid £200 into each every month, as well as giving up eating out, shopping for new clothes and going to the cinema to help save an extra £400 a month between them. But Sarah, who works in marketing, and Jay, 25, couldn't celebrate becoming homeowners straightaway, as the dated decor … [Read more...] about Couple sell £13k ‘dream’ sports car to help buy £145k three-bed first home in Chester