Liz’s debut ‘Tail’ is inspired by the uniqueness of the upper Calder Valley

Todmorden-born author Liz Tallon with her new book "The Peacock's Tail", which has been inspired by the  uniqueness of the upper Calder Valley
Todmorden-born author Liz Tallon with her new book "The Peacock's Tail", which has been inspired by the uniqueness of the upper Calder Valley

An upper Calder Valley author has drawn inspiration from the uniqueness of the area for her debut book.

Liz Tallon, who was born in Todmorden but now lives in East Lancashire, has based large parts of The Peacock’s Tail on Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

In the fictional novel, the central character, Frances, buys a tea room/ flower shop in “Todbridge” with the intention of giving herself a fresh start, but must overcome a series of unexpected challenges which develop.

Liz, a retired languages teacher who attended Todmorden Grammar School, said: “The inspiration for the book is not a personal experience but something I’d dreamed of doing. I always quite liked the idea of running a tea shop and a tea shop is part of the story.

“It’s about a woman who came to visit the local area, which is a mixture of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden so I called it Todbridge.

“She comes to visit and buys a tea shop/ flower shop and makes a new life for herself.

“But there are certain challenges she faces in building up the tea shop and in her own life. She makes friends and through them she faces other challenges.

“This is a book that people in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge are going to be able to relate to. I think it will feel very familiar to them.”

The Peacock’s Tail is available in The Book Case, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, and has an RRP of £6.50.