• West Cork Literary Festival 8-15 July 2022

Sarah Webb

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Sarah Webb has written ten bestselling novels including Always the Bridesmaid, Anything for Love, The Loving Kind and The Shoestring Club (UK, Sept 2012). Her books have been published in many different countries including the US, Australia and Indonesia. She has also written many children’s books, has contributed short stories to several collections including Moments, and has compiled and edited two charity collections of her own, Travelling Light and Mum’s the Word.

She writes a hugely popular series for readers of age 10+, Ask Amy Green. The latest book in the series is Love and Other Drama-Ramas (book 4). The series has been translated into Polish and Italian and is also published in the US. The books have also been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Award and the Irish Book Awards.

Sarah worked in the book trade for many years as a children’s bookseller and buyer. She now combines writing with schools visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals and reviewing children’s books for the Irish Independent. She also programmes literary events and is on the board of Children’s Books Ireland.

She lives in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with her partner and three children and spends as much time as possible in Castletownshend, West Cork.


The Shoestring Club

Join The Shoestring Club When the love of her life, Ed, announces his surprise engagement to her best friend, Julia Schuster is distraught but determined not to let them see how much she’s hurting. She spies a remarkable dress in Shoestring, her sister’s designer second-hand shop, and knows she’ll only be able to stagger through the wedding day, showing everyone how over Ed she is, if her body is wrapped in its soft silk chiffon. Unfortunately it costs mega bucks and she’s barely hanging on to her job as it is. Arietty Pilgrim can’t and won’t attend her fiercely competitive school reunion unless she can arrive wearing exactly the same dress.

But working as an elephant keeper in Dublin Zoo does not a millionaire make. But fate has a funny way of bringing people together. Just as Julia starts to flounder amidst family troubles, problem drinking and a broken heart, she meets Arietty and the two of them set up The Shoestring Club – time-sharing one extraordinary dress and beginning a life-altering friendship.

Dancing Daze

Dancing dilemmas… Mills’s ballerina sister has just landed the role of a lifetime – but something is very wrong with the young dancer. A worried Mills begs best friend Amy for help.

How can Amy refuse, even though she has Big Problems of her own to solve?

Luckily, Clover is happy to lend a land. And saving Dancing Divas is all in a day’s work for the intrepid twosome.

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