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Monday, 24 March 2014

Here's to The Queen Mother's memory... (and her fridge!)

What has the late Queen Mother's housekeeping got to do with my novel  Baggy Pants and Bootees?  The answer, it seems, is a 60-year-old fridge!

According to a report in The Times recently, 'A fridge that belonged to the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, is marking it's diamond jubilee. The Frigidaire, which was made by General Motors, was bought in 1954 for the Castle of Mey, the Queen Mother's home in Caithness.'

And now, the memory of this  household appliance has been brought to life by 24-year-old Sophie Wainwright, the 1960's cub reporter featured in my debut novel.
Frigidaire Appliance Company
TypeDivision of Electrolux
IndustryMajor appliances, Small appliances
HeadquartersCharlotte, NC
ProductsClothes washers and dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ranges, room air conditioners, dehumidifiers, microwaves ovens.
Frigidaire is an American brand of consumer and commercial appliances. Frigidaire was founded as the Guardian Frigerator Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and developed the first self-contained refrigerator (invented by Nathaniel B. Wales and Alfred Mellowes) in 1916.

My protagonist Sophie is  extremely wary of men. After witnessing her mother's disastrous relationships during the grim post-war era, she refuses to feel anything other than contempt for good looking office Romeo Steve Sibson. Keen to understand her, and determined to thaw out their relationship, Steve gives Sophie the nickname 'Frigidaire.'

'I love this nickname' says one reviewer. 'It really brings the romantic relationship to life.' Find out more at


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