Newly separated from her husband, Gemima Box moves to a tumbledown cottage in the village of Little London. Determined to build a new life in the countryside, Gemima soon finds that rural life is very different to city living. Broke and without a job, Gemima’s dreams and her new home both look close to collapse. Then she meets local ‘celebrity’ architect Jonathan Stone…
Funny and romantic, Bunny Rockett’s A Little London Life is the first in a series of Little London stories that follow Gemima Box and her friends and neighbours.
Targeted Age Group:: adult – romantic comedy
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am fascinated by life in English villages. There is always such a mix of people and personalities and I love all the possibilities for humour, adventure and, of course, romance. For all those folk who have ever thought about – or tried – running away to start a new life in a new place, then this is for you.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
If you've ever spent time in a rural English village, then I am sure you'll recognise some of the characters in this book. In fact, you might even know where some of them live…or maybe you'll spot yourself.
Let’s get this clear from the start, Little London is not in London, not near London and not anything like London. In fact, it’s different from London in just about every possible way. That’s why we liked it. We were going to swap crowds for countryside in search of the perfect lifestyle that everyone seems to crave when the sun is shining.
After years in London, with our boys grown up and doing their own thing, it was time for a change. And the sun was shining so, blinded by the light, we decided to up sticks and move out. At least, that was the plan and the tiny village of Little London would be the spot.
From Cornwall to Yorkshire, there are places called Little London scattered all over the place. Apparently, they owe their names, in varying degrees, to the ancient laws of London, inflated ambition, poor spelling, mistakes with Medieval English, too little imagination or too much of it and – my personal favourite – to stop sheep farmers getting lost on their way to the capital. I really have no idea if any of these reasons are true. But that’s what Google says and page one of a Google search is about the limit of my patience for research. This is probably another reason why I make so many mistakes, but let’s not get onto that just yet. So, where was I? Oh yes, Little London – the place that was to be our new home.
I’m Gemima by the way, Gemima Box, but everyone calls me Gem, as in Gem Box. People seem to find this funny but, for me, the humour wore off some time ago. A long time ago actually. Definitely not funny anymore. It is, of course, all my husband’s fault. Or rather, my soon-to-be ex-husband’s fault
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