Frequent readers of Fargate From The Madding Crowd will know that I have a soft spot for
crime fiction: murder most horrid is very much my cup of tea.
So, I was delighted to discover that Sheffield writer Patricia Bromley has just launched her
new novel, Four Decades Of Lies, Deceit, Corruption and Murder. How delicious does that
This is a book that tells the story of four childhood friends who are reunited when one of their husband’s apparently commits suicide.
As the layers of secrets and lies are uncovered, they discover just how intertwined their lives have really been.
Bromley grew up in Walkley, on Burnaby Street.
“It is completely changed from the days of the late fifties early sixties,” she says.
“Almost unrecognisable from the steel city where my father was a forgemaster.
“Back then we lived in a two-bed terraced house with broken windows from the storms of 1962, taped in plastic to keep out the cold.
“I was the middle of seven children, and we slept three to a bed, which was no different to many families at the time.”
Bromley has vivid memories of a nursery teacher who influenced the path her life was to take. “The teacher was cross with me for not paying attention, and she asked ‘Do you want
to be a dunce?’ I had no idea what that meant, and said yes. She made me stand in the
corner of the room with a pointed dunce hat on my head. I’ve never ever forgotten it, and have been inspired to achieve ever since.
I became a magistrate, a lady captain at golf, a skier, and now an author. I thank that teacher.”
Bromley, who launched her book at the Walkley Carnegie Library this week, served as a magistrate in Sheffield for 19 years, and worked for the probation service, giving her plenty of the requisite insight to write an authentic crime story.
“I became the youngest magistrate
in the country at 32 years of age back in the 1980s.
“I gained a wealth of experience dealing with rape, murder and burglary which I was able to draw from later in my books.”
Asked what makes her home city such a special place for writers, Bromley is clear. “I’m biased about Sheffield.
“I love the vibrancy and culture that the city offers.
Walking in the town centre, or along EcclesallRoad with the bars and restaurants. And don’t forget we are a fifteen minute drive from the Peak District. It’s win win.”
Four Decades Of Lies, Deceit, Corruption and Murder is Bromley’s first novel, but she is
already busy working on its sequel, The Truths Unfold, so watch this space for more from
this impressive local writer.