AM Birkett was born in North Somerset where she returned to fulfil her dream of writing after a full and varied career. Whilst raising her family, she honed her secretarial skills in business and commercial organisations including a West Country conglomerate and Sony (UK), where her interest in people and love of music made work a pleasure. She developed an insight into the medical world when she became secretary to the Anaesthetists at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, and later to a Consultant Psychiatrist at Park Prewitt Hospital, Basingstoke.
Presented with the John Symons Award for “most promising writer” at Basingstoke Technical College, and receiving acclaim from eminent critic Herbert Kretzmer for her gift and grasp of dialogue, her screenplay Ripe for the Tasting was accredited in the HTV/Bristol Old Vic Drama Awards.
AM Birkett with her dear friend, the late Maeve Binchy
Further books from AM Birkett to watch out for in the future
Moondrift – the sequel to A Drift of Daisies
Ripe for the Tasting – the novel adaptation of AM Birkett’s screenplay
Soon to be republished under the name AM Birkett, A Drift of Daisies was first published under it’s original title of Different Kinds of Loving, a perceptive and deeply moving novel in the tradition of Maeve Binchy, whom Avis met on many occasions and regarded as a close friend.
AM Birkett’s fictional Somerset community is as true, funny and heartbreaking as everyday life itself. Never released as an Ebook, when it first went into print by Piatkus Books, we decided it worthy of release in its original and much preferred title.
About the book: When Rowan marries George, she is eighteen, pregnant and believes life is perfect until the day she discovers her husband is being unfaithful and all the romance has vanished from her life. But when Alex McKinney arrives in the village, Rowan is stunned to find her emotions racing out of control. Then one of George’s affairs spirals into tragedy and Rowan learns that love sometimes demands a terrible price.