Steyning writer’s new book reveals sisters’ true story

Author Jacquie Buttriss will talk about her latest project at Steyning Bookshop
Author Jacquie Buttriss will talk about her latest project at Steyning Bookshop

STEYNING writer Jacquie Buttriss will be revealing some of the secrets of her crafts next week.

The former head teacher will be at The Steyning Bookshop on Wednesday, March 27, at 7.30pm to talk about her experiences of being a ghost-writer.

Having written quite a few books over the years, particularly books in the Oxford Reading Tree series for children and educational textbooks for trainee teachers, she has now branched out and finds herself in demand as a ghost-writer.

A researcher in family history for Steyning Museum, her latest book, My Secret Sister, was published on Thursday by Pan Macmilllan and it has attracted attention from the national media because of its intriguing subject.

Jacquie has ghost-written the story of Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards, two sisters from the north-east of England who were separated at birth and did not know of each others’ existence until they were in their 50s.

Then, they discovered, and are still discovering, a pandora’s box of family secrets.

Jenny was given up for adoption with a loving family and eventually became an open golf champion, but Helen stayed with her birth mother and endured a harsh upbringing with her violent stepfather.

Their story has been featured in the national press and they have appeared on various TV programmes.

Interest has been so great, a second print run has already had to be ordered.

Sara Bowers, from The Steyning Bookshop, said: “The sisters have a very busy tour schedule, so we are not sure whether one of them will be able to come to the event, too, but they are happy for Jacquie to talk about their very interesting tale, and we are looking forward to hearing about it over a glass of wine.”

Tickets are £3, from the High Street bookshop, and they are redeemable against a copy of the book. Phone 01903 812062 to set aside tickets in advance, or email