Phyllida Shrimpton: Sunflowers in February

Phyllida’s school English teacher told her that one day she would write a book… only she didn’t say it would take thirty five years to get round to! Working in a county library secured enough money to enable a backpacking trip round Europe. Being a terrible secretary in London funded a fabulous social life. Gaining a degree in Human Resource Management taught her only that Human Resource Management was definitely the wrong career choice, while working with teenagers as a part-time college farm lecturer/learning support was just plain fun! Unfortunately an amazing ex-pat social life in the Netherlands also interfered with the serious business of writing and it wasn’t until she spent two lovely years in the calm of the beautiful Cotswold countryside that she finally embarked on her favouriSunflowers in February coverte job of all… becoming an author.

Phyllida lives in Essex with her husband, her teenage daughter, a rescue cat, a rescue Newfoundland dog who thinks she’s a lap-dog, and one small badly behaved Jack Russell terrier.




Sunflowers in February: Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. And very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance, arrive and she sees her own body that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and sees her family – her parents and her twin brother – start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time.


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