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Beezy Marsh is an international #1 and Sunday Times top-ten best-selling author who puts family and relationships at the heart of her writing. She is also an award-winning journalist, who has spent more than 20 years making the headlines in newspapers including The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times.  Beezy is married, with two young sons, and lives in Oxfordshire with a never-ending pile of laundry.  She is also a karate black belt.

Praise for Mr Make Believe

'Properly funny, deliciously naughty, fabulously fresh and achingly honest … I couldn't put it down.' - Alex Brown, #1 bestselling author of The Secret of Orchard Cottage

"A fun read that 'imperfect mums' everywhere will adore." - The Sun 

"compulsively readable and entertaining" - Daily Mail

"A funny, sexy, clever book which brilliantly reflects the chaos of motherhood and marriage, and kept me engrossed to the end." - Alison McGarragh-Murphy, Editor of The Motherload

Praise for Mad Frank & Sons

"Reminiscing on days gone by, this compelling book is a fascinating look into gang history through the eyes of Frank Fraser and two of his sons." -The Sun

"Safely in the past, Fraser's story becomes nostalgic - a swansong not just for a psychopath but for the world he represented, with its supposed codes and false camaraderie. This is an arresting portrait of a bygone era." - The Mail on Sunday

"A brilliantly structured and gripping account of an amazing family" - Kimberley Chambers

 

on family

FAMILY has always been at the heart of my writing and I'm a great believer that sisters, mothers and wives are the glue which binds everything together.

When I was a teenager, my mum tried to foster the spirit of writing in me, by encouraging me to read books, starting with Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate. I was immediately hooked, not only on her witty style but also on the characters in her eccentric family – both on paper and in real life.

Sadly, my mum didn’t live long enough to see me become a published author. It was the death of her sister, my aunt Pat, which finally made me realise that,

life is not a dress rehearsal and rather than dreaming of one day writing a book, I should just get on with it.

My latest book, All My Mother's Secrets, published by Pan Macmillan, is a true-life story set in the slum laundries of London in the early twentieth century, and one young woman's search for the truth about her father, feared killed in World War One. But as Annie discovers, sometimes the past has been buried because of things deemed too shocking for the next generation to bear. A sequel is planned for summer 2019.

The lives of three sisters in the poverty-stricken backstreets of 1930s London provided the inspiration for my international #1 and Sunday Times top ten bestseller, Keeping My Sister's Secrets, also published by PanMacmillan.  The memoir is drawn from the true story of one family growing up beside the River Thames. Although they are sisters, their outlook on life is very different, leading them to face their own challenges. The bond of sisterhood stays strong throughout the social and political upheaval in the run up to the Second World War and beyond, as they learn that blood is thicker than water.

As is often the way, my first published book was not the first book I wrote but, true to form, it examines the role of a family. In this case, it is a notorious crime family – a brilliantly fascinating subject. Mad Frank and Sons tells the story of the gangster Mad Frankie Fraser and his two bank robber sons, David and Patrick, who together have spent almost 100 years at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. 

My debut novel, Mr Make Believe, published by Agora Books London, is a romantic comedy about how easy it is to get caught up in the fantasy of what married life with kids should be, as opposed to the warts-and-all reality. The book deals with the struggles of hapless mother-of-two Marnie, who gets seduced by her daydreams about a movie star when her marriage goes off the rails. By starting a blog about her failed life, her self-esteem and her career take off in ways she could only dream about but Marnie must then choose whether true love is real or just a fantasy.