ABOUT THE AUTHORFran Brady is a baby-boomer native of Dundee. She was a student at St Andrews University from 1963 – 67 and a resident of Mackintosh Hall (Chattan) for three years.
A graduate of St Andrews (honours M.A) and an alumna (with a long memory!), she has become one of our newest Scottish authors.
After university, Fran had a varied career in the voluntary sector, working for a time for Save the Children Fund and even sharing a platform (twice!) with the Princess Royal. In 2007, she turned from charity management to writing novels, including romantic fiction, salted with an earthy tang and a strong sense of time and place.
She has lived and worked all over Scotland and now lives in a village in West Lothian.
She writes wherever and whenever she can – have laptop, will travel – but her favourite time is very early in the morning when the rest of the world seems to be asleep.
Fran has three daughters, a stepson, six grandchildren, a husband…and a dog.
The Ball Game is Fran’s second novel but is the first to be published. Her first novel Small Change is set in a mining village in the 1950’s, a story of “the power behind the peenie”.* The women in it are dragging their village into the second half of the twentieth century in the teeth of prejudice, abuse, exploitation and the strangleholds of tradition and religion. Fran is now working on her third novel, set in modern times, exploring the lives and passions of women who love to protest – whether at demos and marches or just in the stifling confines of their home life.
* peenie is Scots for pinafore
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