Bookshelf Reviews – Miriam Wakerly

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Introducing: Miriam Wakerly


Miriam Wakerly’s first two novels, Gypsies Stop tHere (2008) and No Gypsies Served (2010) with a theme that is clear from the titles, are set in the fictitious village of Appley Green. Miriam says: “Readers said they liked this place and really enjoyed the storytelling, so this year, I decided to show another side of Appley Green in a new series of village novels that begins with ‘Shades of Appley Green’.”

Miriam Wakerly was born and brought up in Tetbury, Gloucestershire but has lived in Surrey for the past 34 years. With a degree in English, French, Sociology and Politics from Leicester University; a mixed working life that usually involved writing one way or another; and three adult children now flown the nest, she finally settled down to writing novels a couple of years before retirement. The Gypsy idea was seeded when working in the community supporting single teenage mothers when she thought the services being offered – support and information – should be extended to the Travelling community. She spoke on BBC Oxford about her publishing venture and has been a radio guest on BBC Surrey several times, and more recently on BBC Glos. She is a member of the Society of Authors and continues to enjoy writing and talking to people about her books. Her books have received some fabulous reviews. Hyperlinks are provided to verify the source of these reviews, which are just a small selection of what some book bloggers and readers have to say about these books.

Gypsies Stop tHere. Will uprooting herself from London to live in the country help Kay escape guilt-ridden memories of her husband’s death? Far from finding a quiet life, she is caught up in an age-old village conflict where passionate opinions on Romany Gypsy Travellers divide the local people.

What three reviewers had to say:

“Few of us even try to understand gypsies and their way of life. Our knee-jerk reaction usually goes no further than ‘not in my backyard’. In Miriam Wakerly’s Gypsies Stop tHere  and its sequel No Gypsies Served  it’s refreshing to see gypsies portrayed as individual people like the rest of us, making their way in life the best way they can. Reading this compelling story brings home the fact that it’s perfectly possible for gypsies to be accepted successfully into our communities.”  Sue Cook. BA DLitt, Broadcaster and Writer, presenter of The Write Lines.

“I could not put this book down and only did so with great reluctance. The story is fast moving and you want to keep turning the pages to find out how it goes on. This is a real page-turner for sure. When I finally finished it was left feeling bereft.”   Michael Smith,  onevodrom blog

“The characters’ relationships are beautifully and sympathetically woven, without being cloying. The books walk that oh-so-delicate line when talking about an ethnicity (particularly Gypsies), between telling the truth and romanticising them. They walk the line well.” Scarlett de Courcier, Bohemiacademia


Two years have passed since Kay successfully campaigned for the Appley Green Gypsy Site, and four years since her husband was murdered. Life in the village was going so well, until the phone call and letter. Then comes the disastrous site opening.

What three reviewers had to say:

“Another wonderful read by Miriam Wakerly … really portrays Gypsies and Travelling people as individual characters.”  Nikki Bywater. Books4U Blog

“Miriam has really helped me understand the Gypsy community a little bit better with some compassion.” Lou Graham. Book Blogger

“Deftly using a variety of plot-devices to fill in the picture whilst maintaining page-turning momentum.  Wakerly is remarkably good at passing the reader food for thought without ever preaching. She makes no judgemental comments as she passes.” Kay Greene. Booksy Book Blog.


Once revered as the landed gentry, the Devonish family and their patronage to the village of Appley Green go back many generations. Within recent living memory, the very approachable Ted Devonish was well known as the local landowner and farmer, wealthy but generous to a fault. He recognised some of the changes that had taken place in the village during his lifetime, not all good, and decided to leave a sustainable legacy that might do something to help.

What three reviewers had to say:

“A delightful story with an unexpected ending. It truly captures village life, while in no way distracting you from the main theme of one person’s quest for happiness. Through her work with a local charity, the main character Steph is helping a former architect with Parkinson’s to regain his social life. The references made to the condition are very accurate: careful research must have been done.” The Parkinson, quarterly magazine of Parkinson’s UK.

“A quality paperback, and her loyal readers like her style, the library service stocks her books and the word-of-mouth has been key to her being able to bring out this third novel.” Glow Magazine.

“Miriam Wakerly has a lovely, easy style of writing that draws you into the story and keeps you there at a nice pace. The story touches on difficult issues in a sensitive manner and in a style that is not uncomfortable for the reader. The end, for me, was very emotional and did, in fact, bring a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. A lovely story of one woman’s journey to understanding and accepting her past and ultimately finding an inner-peace and happiness.” Sue Fortin. Love Reading Love Books

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  1. Nicky Wells Says:

    Fabulous reviews, well done Miriam and great feature, Janice ~ thank you!

  2. Miriam Wakerly Says:

    Thanks so much Janice for putting all this together – quite a lot of info to handle! Much appreciated. Thanks Nicky, too, for your lovely comment.

  3. anneli Says:

    Reading No Gypsies Served right now and enjoying it.
    Good luck with your Appley Green books, Miriam.

  4. Carol Wyer Says:

    Fantastic feature and well done Miriam on all of your fantastic novels. Wow!

  5. Carol Wyer Says:

    Oops overdid the word ‘fanatastic’ there. I got distracted because I didn’t know what x 8=64

  6. Sheryl Browne Says:

    I think this is a fabulous way of getting our books out there, along with stunning reviews (well done, Miriam) and making Lovehappyending even higher profie than it already is. Go, Janice! Ta, sweetie! 🙂 xx

  7. Melanie Says:

    You should be proud, Miriam! Those are wonderful reviews! Another great column, Janice.

  8. Stephanie Keyes Says:

    Good luck Miriam! Great feature, Janice!

  9. Janice Horton Says:

    Thanks for all the encouraging comments on the feature and good luck with your fabulous books, Miriam!
    Janice xx

  10. Miriam Wakerly Says:

    Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and big thank you again to Janice.

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