Widow writes debut novel at 93 based on husband’s war love letters

Widow writes debut novel at 93 based on husband’s war love letters


 A widow has become the world’s oldest novelist after writing her wartime love story, at the age of 93  Margaret Ford’s book, A Daughter’s Choice, is based on 633 romantic letters between her and late husband, Jim, while he was away fighting  It starts in 1926 with her birth in a Lancashire town and ends when she marries Jim in 1946 Margaret told how Jim would write three letters a day to her while serving with the Border Regiment  She said: “It’s amazing to have my story out there. I have 633 letters from my husband which formed the basis of the story  “It became about my life. It builds up the point where a boy falls in love and stays in love    “The letters are still very important to me today, they’re very special.”  The book, which took three years to write, tells how Margaret met Jim while he was home on leave from Burma as the Second World War neared its end  She said: “I was at a dance when I saw Jim walk in. The two of us got talking. We got on very well indeed ”  But Margaret’s book also recounts a relationship she had with an American military medic called Hank, who arrived in Britain for D-Day  But it broke down as she did not want to move to the States with him.  After tying the knot with Jim, Margaret, of ­Blackburn, followed him to Egypt and ­Singapore She opened military bookshops to pass time.  Jim died in 2013 and Margaret decided to pen an account of their time together She approached a ghost writer who published it on her behalf.  And she is now thinking of writing a sequel Margaret added: “It’s amazing how many stories you have.”

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