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About Sam Maxfield
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Sam Maxfield is an author who writes about the funny things people do and say. She thinks fiction should be able to make you laugh and cry - sometimes at the same time.
Before writing the comic Mapton on Sea series, Sam taught English literature for many years. If teaching in FE doesn’t make you see the funny side of life, little will. The novel Mapton on Sea (originally published as The Last Resort) was longlisted for the Best Women’s Fiction prize and led to Sam’s life being taken over by the slightly insane fictional characters of Mapton. Since then she has published three Mapton novels and two Mapton short stories. There is another Mapton novel currently on the way and a number of stories brewing.
In between Mapton stories Sam writes other novels, including ones for children. She also gives talks to various groups about some of her favourite topics such as the dark history of fairytales, or how brilliant cinema is. She knows she is very lucky to get paid to write and talk about things she loves.
Sam lives in Nottingham with her husband. She has a love/hate relationship with the squirrel who sits on her windowsill every day to beg for nuts and watch her write.
Praise for Mapton on Sea (previously published as The Last Resort)
'Laugh out loud moments, tenderness and real heartbreak. This is a story of family and friendships which, ultimately, is as warm as the golden sand we feel between our toes. Great stuff. ' Leftlion Magazine
'I loved this book; I started it one Sunday morning and lost the whole day to it… If you want an entertaining, heart-warming light summer read then this is it.' 5 stars - Amazon UK
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Merry Xmas Mapton
Gina Pontin has organised a special Christmas Eve service for people with pets, determined that her plans will impress the vicar enough to secure her an elusive June date for her wedding.
After all, what could possibly go wrong in a church packed with cats, dogs, hamsters, a ferret, a donkey and Gina?
Welcome to a Christmas that will go down in the annals of Mapton history.
Tempers and temperatures are about to rise again in Mapton-on-Sea. Gina Pontin has met her match against formidable animal-sanctuary owner, Eleanor Branwin. Then when drifter, Dan Joules, returns to Mapton accompanied by infamous dog, Bing Crosby, the scene is set for sparks (and hormones) to fly.
Mix in donkeys, romance, and some very dodgy dealings, and it’s going to be a typically hilarious Mapton summer.
Mapton Strikes Back
The hilarious follow up to Mapton on Sea
When rumours of a potential swingers' caravan camp start to circulate in Mapton-on-Sea, outspoken pensioner, Gina, leaps into action, forming protest group the Mapton Knights. Determined to 'Keep Mapton Decent' the residents soon find their town is a hotspot of scandal and long-buried secrets. As events spiral farcically out of control, Mapton becomes a circus of media attention, but no one's quite sure who is cracking the whip.
Welcome back to Mapton. It might be the off-season but tears, laughter and eccentricity are as switched on as Mapton’s Christmas lights.
When Pam Stimson, cat lover and fan of babydoll pyjamas, gains a new neighbour, she hopes to make a new friend.
She isn’t expecting Gina Pontin, and her aggressive Jack Russell, Bing Crosby. When Pam’s beloved cat Mirabelle gives Bing a testy swipe with her claws, it sparks an animosity between Pam and Gina that escalates into a farcical war between neighbours.
But who will come out on top - cat or dog?
A Mapton on Sea prequel story.
Maddie Larkin hates snow. When she was just a baby, a blizzard stole her dad away. This year the snow is back, and it’s brought a sinister figure with it. To make matters worse, everyone in the small town of Wistwell feels sad. Adults squabble; the town bully blubs; even the local robin seems depressed. Saddest of all is the local German baker, Mr Steiner, who lost his wife the previous December.
It’s going to be the worst Christmas ever.
Until, that is, Maddie makes an amazing discovery: Mr Steiner’s baking has magic powers. Together they set out to save Christmas and restore happiness to Wistwell. But is it too late? And who is the sinister figure lurking in the snow?
And most importantly, will Maddie ever see her father again?
'Oklahoma Bill' McCready just wants to get home. The only thing stopping him is that he's dead, mummified, and hanging in a Californian ghost train. Orphan, Johnny Redfeather, doesn't know where home is. A circus runaway, he's determined to find his long lost grandfather, Oklahoma Bill. All he has is a crazy map of glued together flyers, and hope. The last time Becky Redfeather saw Oklahoma Bill he was face down in her daddy's farmyard, riddled with bullet holes. When Johnny unexpectedly arrives at Becky's farm, bringing a fifteen-year-old hillbilly runaway called Luella with him, the doors to the past and future are blown wide open. Together they set off to track down Bill's corpse, but Johnny has stirred up a hornet's nest of trouble on his way to Becky's - the kind of trouble that might get them all killed.