Retired Reverend Avril Ford is set to launch her first book, Going Home the Long Way Round, on Saturday, October 12.
The book is a spiritual autobiography and tells Avril’s life story, beginning with her earliest memories and ending with an account of her time as a non-stipendiary Anglican priest in Lincolnshire.
Avril first began writing the book three years ago, although she has only recently completed it after struggling to find a publisher.
She said: “I have always wanted to write a book and I have always written, so once I got started it just took a few months.
“I’ve spent 20 years writing sermons and communicating faith and I’ve spent my life talking to people. When I got going, the book just went.”
Avril kept the book a secret and it’s only since sending it to be printed that she has been telling people about her writing.
Her work offers a mature reflection on life and tells Avril’s story through amusing and inspiring incidents which took place during her time with the ministry.
Talking about the writing process Avril said: “The best part to write about was my childhood. That’s where the most vivid memories come from.
“If anyone’s worried if they’re in it or not they’ll have to buy a copy and read.”
This is hopefully going to be one of many book launches for Avril, who has plenty of other ideas in the pipeline.
Going Home the Long Way Round costs £10 and will be available to buy in Horncastle from Perkins, the Joseph Banks Centre and St Mary’s Church book stall.
Avril will be signing copies of her book at 10am in Perkins on the day of the launch.