Author collects stories of Raunds lives for new book

Members of Cando Care who helped Audrey Ellis with her latest book, Lives Less Ordinary
Members of Cando Care who helped Audrey Ellis with her latest book, Lives Less Ordinary

A woman with an interest in family history had help from the users of a day centre for her latest book.

Audrey Ellis’ most recent book, Lives Less Ordinary, tells the stories of people she has met at work and out and about on her travels, as well as users of Cando Care in Raunds.

Audrey said: “I contacted Cando Care as I’d read in the Northants Telegraph about a lady who was celebrating her 100th birthday and attended this lovely organisation in Raunds.

“I thought it might be nice to include her story in my new book so went along.

“Sadly she wasn’t able to give me her story but several other people at Cando Care did and their stories are included in the book.

“Their memories of more recent events might not be so good but their distant memories are absolutely fantastic.”

The inspiration for Audrey’s first book, Memories of Finedon, came from her desire to find out more about her family’s story.

She said: “I’ve always been interested in family history, that feeling of knowing where my own roots really were.

“My mum and dad were both blind. We moved to Finedon following the sudden death of my father, James Hopper Nesbitt, when he was 36 years old.

“The last time I was ever able to see my paternal grandmother was the morning she sat on my bed and told me that dad had died in the night.

“The years that followed were difficult with much trauma and I used to wonder where dad’s family were and why there had been no response to the letters I posted.

“During the years that followed I continued to search for my paternal roots, but in 1999 I stopped and decided it would be more productive to record the lives of people living in Finedon.

“The book, Memories of Finedon, was well received.”

After she retired as a benefits adviser, Audrey decided to record the lives of people living in a wider area and Lives Less Ordinary started.

She added: “It has been an interesting journey for me. I have learnt so much about our social history.

“It was my intention right from the start to include people from all walks of life and I believe that I have managed to accomplish this.”

Audrey added: “I’m very grateful to everyone who has given their time to me, I’ve met some lovely people and I’m pleased I did it.”

Lives Less Ordinary costs £7.99 and is available at Wellingborough Museum. Audrey also has copies for sale. Email her at audreyellis157@yahoo.co.uk for more details.