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Farnham-based author BA Paris on her new novel Bring Me Back

PUBLISHED: 10:26 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:26 10 April 2018

BA Paris loves her Surrey weekends spent in and around Farnham (Photo courtesy of BA Paris)

BA Paris loves her Surrey weekends spent in and around Farnham (Photo courtesy of BA Paris)


BA Paris penned Behind Closed Doors, the best-selling debut novel of 2016. As her latest novel is released she shares what makes a ‘real’ weekend

We recently moved back to the UK after living in France for 37 years. My father is 94 this year, my mother 87, and with our youngest daughter away at university it seemed a good time to return to our roots, at least for a while.

For the past 10 years, Calum and I have worked on Saturdays, so it’s wonderful to have ‘real’ weekends again. We live in the Farnham area, and will usually start our weekend with a walk at Farnham Park, a huge area of common and woodland a minute’s walk from the town centre. We don’t have a dog but we sometimes borrow my sister’s Airedale so that we don’t feel too out of place amongst all the dog-walkers! On the way back, we’ll stop for coffee – Farnham is full of lovely coffee-shops – and if we have any shopping to do, we’ll do it then.

I’m writing my fourth book, so I’ll spend a couple of hours at my desk, followed by a quick lunch. We’re house-hunting at the moment, so on Saturday afternoons we either visit possible houses or go for a drive around the outlying villages, trying to decide where we’d like to live. We change our minds all the time – one day we want to live in the country, the next within walking distance of a town. I think it might take a while to find our perfect location!

In France, we had a busy social life at weekends – if we weren’t going out to dinner on Friday and Saturday, we’d be having friends over – so we’re using our evenings here to see family, catch up with old friends, or go to a play at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. If one or more of our daughters are visiting – we have five, so we’re rarely alone! – we’ll go out for dinner.

Sundays are my favourite day of the week. In France, I used to dream of British Sundays, now I’m getting to live them. In the morning Calum will go and buy the newspapers, which we’ll read over a pot of coffee. Sometimes we’ll walk up to the local church and then have a pub lunch, or I’ll do some writing, especially if there’s a deadline looming. The afternoons are spent re-discovering my childhood haunts – Frensham and Cutmill ponds, Box Hill, Newlands Corner, The Devil’s Punchbowl. There are so many beautiful places within a short drive of Farnham that we’re spoilt for choice. Or we’ll have a huge breakfast, skip lunch and have a cream tea in Shere. We’ve joined the National Trust and are looking forward to taking my parents to visit the many beautiful gardens, once the weather is warmer.

Sunday evenings are for relaxing in front of the television. We’ve discovered Netflix so we’re working our way through series that most people saw years ago. The one thing I do miss is having a log-fire; our new house, wherever it is, will definitely have one!

Bring Me Back by BA Paris, published by HQ, HarperCollins in paperback, ebook and audiobook is out now.


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