About Allie Cresswell
Welcome to the website of Allie Cresswell.
Allie has been writing full time since 2007, alongside teaching literature to lifelong learners. To date she has written four novels; Relative Strangers, Lost Boys, Game Show and Tiger in a Cage. Collectively they have attracted 64 five and four star reviews on Amazon UK and Tiger in a Cage went straight to the top of the Bookvetter vetted books list as the highest scoring book! Pleasingly, reviewers of Allie’s work have made some flattering comparisons, likening her style to Jane Austen, Alice Munro and Barbara Pym.
Allie’s books are available for every type of e-reader via Amazon and Smashwords, and also as hard copies from either Amazon or directly from the author (please use the Contact Me page).
I have been writing stories since I could hold a pencil and by the time I was in Miss Singleton's junior 2 class at Pownall Green Junior School I was writing copiously and sometimes almost legibly.
It was at this time that I had the difference between fiction and lies forcefully impressed upon me, after penning a long and entirely spurious account of my grandfather’s death and funeral.....
Lost Boys - Background
My original concept for this book was as a quartet of stories which were disconnected apart from one central event – the fall of a small boy into a river in spate.
I wanted to explore how that one occurrence could send ripples – or tsunamis – out into the lives of four unrelated individuals. Each story would cover roughly the same period of time, made remarkable by an unusual drought followed by the kind of disastrous flooding which has become all too familiar in recent years.
Game Show - Background
In 1992 I had the opportunity to take part as an audience member and potential participant in a popular television game show.
Before the recording began, I was struck by the way the crew and ‘warm-up’ man incited and manipulated the audience, so that by the time the cameras began to roll they were excited and over-wrought enough to do almost anything the host might have asked of them without thought of the consequences.....
Relative Strangers - Background
This book – now published and available to buy - is a gentle exploration of the concept of family in the twenty first century.
I used it to pose questions about the parts which shared history and values, loyalty, duty and DNA play in family-feeling, at a time when the patience and loyalty of my own family underwent severe testing.