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Novel success for former city student

A former Peterborough Regional College student has published her first fiction novel “183 Times a Year”.

Eva Jordan applied to study an Access to HE course back in 2004 and after completing that successfully, was encouraged by her tutors to go even further and study for a degree (BA (Hons) English and History through Anglia Ruskin University with her classes based at the College). Being a mother of 2 children, it was challenging at times and she had to learn to overcome nerves when giving presentations to the class, but she persevered with the encouragement of her peers and tutors.

Jordan’s book was inspired by the women in her life including her mother, daughters’ and good friends. “I wanted to show people the extraordinary among the ordinary. For, despite living in a world of advanced technology, where everything is available to us, smart phone in hand of course, it also feels, at times, like a lonelier, more insular place. It’s easy to believe when scrolling through our friend’s social media pages that somehow everyone else has got it right and yours is the only dysfunctional family on the planet – which just isn’t true of course. 183 Times a Year is an amusing exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and ultimately friendship. A poignant, heartfelt look at that complex and diverse relationship between a Mother and daughter set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families”.

When asked about her path to becoming a writer Jordan said “Studying, whatever the subject or course, isn’t always easy but if you have great tutors and resources, you will only get out of it whatever you choose to put in. Work hard, make the most of your tutors and you will succeed! PRC was great because the tutors are good and the courses well-structured. I always felt like someone was on hand to help me get the best out of each course. My daughter recently studied Music Performance at PRC between 2012 – 2014 and my son is currently studying Music Tech”.

It feels amazing to have my own book launch. It’s been a life-long ambition and one I’m happy to say I have now achieved”. Jordan’s book launch is taking place at Waterstones in Peterborough on the 12th May, 7pm – 8.30pm.  It’s already received excellent reviews and the author has been commissioned to write a second novel by her publisher.

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Published May 2016.