VIDEO: Local author promotes new book in town store

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Lincolnshire author Margaret Dickinson was in Horncastle promoting her new book, Fairfield Hall.

Margaret, who was born in Gainsborough, has released her 20th novel and its setting was inspired by a local National Trust property.

Lincolnshire author Margaret Dickinson promoting her new book at Perkins Newsagents in Horncastle EMN-140227-133914001

Lincolnshire author Margaret Dickinson promoting her new book at Perkins Newsagents in Horncastle EMN-140227-133914001

The setting for Fairfield Hall was inspired by Gunby Hall and Gardens near Skegness.

Speaking to the News at her book signing at Perkins Newsagents, Margaret said: “Each book works differently.

“Sometimes I have the setting for the book but not the story, and sometimes I have the story in mind but without a setting.

“For Fairfield Hall I had the story in mind, and the setting of Gunby Hall really fitted this book - it’s a beautiful place.

“The people there were so supportive and have been fantastic.”

In her book, Margaret said: “My sincere thanks to Astrid Gatenby and all her team of helpers for all the help and encouragement I received on my visits there.

“Also thank you to four of the volunteer room guides who took the time to meet me and chat about the history of the house: Jane Hughes, Judy Morgan-Anstee, Veronica Stonehouse and Rose Williams.

Margaret revealed that her next book is already half-written and will be based in Grimsby during WWII.

There will be an Evening with Margaret Dickinson at Gunby Hall on Wednesday May 7 at 7pm.

There will be readings from her book a guided tour of Gunby Hall, a Q&A session and book signing for £6.