Author Paddy headhunted by publisher

Author Paddy Staplehurst
Author Paddy Staplehurst

Two years ago Carlton author Paddy Staplehurst, 74, self-published her shocking autobiography about growing up in a children’s home.

Then independent publisher Austin Macauley approached her to ask if they could publish Back to my Beginnings – and Paddy couldn’t be more delighted.

The former magistrate and Wooton Upper School teacher said: “I thought they’d be able to do lots of publicity and it would reach a wider audience.”

Although the book details her harrowing childhood at St Etheldreda’s Home on Bromham Road, it’s not a misery memoir and is very funny in places.

Mother-of-two Paddy said: “I was born very happy, very competitive and very stubborn. But I was brought up in a climate of corporate punishment and poverty – I was 42 before I realised people cared for me.

“Now I have a wonderful second husband who I met at a grab-a-granny club. He held my hand and made me feel like a teenager again.”