For the first 18 years of her life Nicola lived in Yorkshire, within a stones throw of the moors that had inspired the Brontë sisters to write Jane Eyre
and Wuthering Heights.
One of her grandfathers was a poet, and her family contained teachers and avid readers who filled the house with books. With such a background it was impossible for Nicola not to become a bookworm.
Nicola went to school in a historic building that had originally been the dower house of a stately home. It was the sort of school that taught girls how to find a rich husband and how to get in and out of a Rolls-Royce gracefully.
Unfortunately Nicola did not pay enough attention to ...read more