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Novel slant on town

PUBLISHED: 14:28 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 23 August 2010

LAUNCH: Author Joyce Shurmer.

LAUNCH: Author Joyce Shurmer.

A FIRST-TIME author has appeared at a tourist centre to sign copies of her debut novel which contains scenes set in the town. Joyce Shurmer, an author from Maidstone, visited Towncentric in Gravesend town centre last Saturday to sign copies of her debut

A FIRST-TIME author has appeared at a tourist centre to sign copies of her debut novel which contains scenes set in the town.

Joyce Shurmer, an author from Maidstone, visited Towncentric in Gravesend town centre last Saturday to sign copies of her debut novel, The Homesie Kids, which features scenes in Gravesend and Meopham.

The book details the heroine's life growing up in the austere 1950s, telling her story from the day she was separated from her brothers and made to stay with a cruel "housemother" in a children's home.

At the home she meets Eric and together they will have many experiences, including friendship, love and hate.

Eileen Balcombe, Towncentric information officer, said: "We had quite a few people turn up. There was a steady flow of people coming in.

"The book is very interesting. It's surprising that this sort of thing has gone on in our living memory.

"It's interesting to read about all the local places.

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