Born in Peterborough, UK, Kerry Fisher studied French and Italian at Bath University, followed by several years working as an English teacher in Corsica and Spain before topping the dizzying heights of holiday rep and grape picker in Tuscany. She eventually succumbed to ‘getting a proper job’ and returned to England to study Periodical Journalism at City University. After two years working at Essentials magazine in London, love carried her off to the wilds of the West Pennine moors near Bolton. She now lives in Surrey with her husband (of whisking off to Bolton fame) and two teenagers. She has a very naughty lab/schnauzer called Poppy, which leads to many mortifying moments of whistling and waving pieces of chicken while the dog practises her ‘talk to the tail’.
Kerry spent half her life talking about writing a novel, then several years at Candis magazine reviewing other people’s but it wasn’t until she took some online courses with the UCLA that the dream started to morph into reality when her debut, The School Gate Survival Guide, was picked up by HarperCollins.
My Review: 4/5
What a fun, entertaining book! This is a modern-day “Cinderella” story that centers around mother Maia, a house cleaner living in the poor side of town. When an unexpected inheritance falls into her lap, life turns completely upside down. Her kids are enrolled in the most prestigious school in town, tuition being paid for. As she gets thrown into a new circle of moms, some good and some bad, a whole new world is exposed.
I laughed, cried, and stared at the pages in shock as I was reading. What I enjoyed most was the development of Maia’s character. What started out as a somewhat meek woman, who doubted her abilities, blossomed to a strong, confident person.
A very highly recommended book!