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Tracy Rees has been called "the most outstanding new voice in historical fiction" by Lucinda Riley and her books are paperback and kindle bestsellers. Tracy has a new novel out and has written this article for the website.

Tenby has always been a special place for me. When I was very young, my parents took me there for short breaks - usually just two or three nights.

Tracy Rees

Tracy Rees

When I grew up, moved away, we continued the tradition whenever I had some time at home. By the time I moved back to Wales three years ago we couldn’t do without our Tenby fixes.

I grew up hearing tales of my mother’s summer holidays in Tenby in the 1950s and I was always fascinated by the differences (and similarities!) between her Tenby and mine. I suppose the seeds of a dual narrative - 1950s and present day - were always lurking somewhere in my subconscious.

For Mum it was a place of innocence, fun and summer freedom. And this is very much the flavour of Chloe’s storyline in The Hourglass. When I grew up, my time in Tenby took on the quality of a haven. My visits there offered me a refuge from stressful jobs, eventual burnout and less-than-ideal relationships.

This is Tenby as Nora experiences it in the book.

The final trigger for The Hourglass came when the South Beach Bar Grill opened a few years ago. Mum exclaimed when she first saw it because it had been built on the site of the old Fountains Café, where she used to go dancing. I was absolutely captivated by the thought of the same place having two such different incarnations, only one generation apart. And thus my mind started consciously playing with the idea of a story involving two generations, two different women, two different sets of preoccupations… and Chloe and Nora were born.

It was a joy to set a novel in a place I love so much and it gave me a great excuse to go there more often - for research purposes of course!

The Hourglass by Tracy Rees was published by Quercus on 4th May and is available to buy from the website or from Amazon

By Tracy Rees


Tracy Rees was born in South Wales. A Cambridge graduate, she had a successful eight-year career in non fiction publishing and a second career practising and teaching humanistic counselling. She was the winner of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition and the 2015 LoveStories 'Best Historical Read' award.

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