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Trapped at the Altar

Excerpt

Read a little of legendary romance author Jane Feather's latest novel, Trapped at the Altar.

Adebayo Akinfenwa

Adebayo Akinfenwa has scored over 180 goals in nearly 600 appearances for clubs in Lithuania, Wales and England. He currently plays for Wycombe Wanderers. According to the FIFA video game series, he is the strongest professional footballer in the world.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is currently ranked the number 1 tennis player in the world.He has won three Grand Slam titles: Wimbledon twice (2013, 2016) and the US Open once (2012). He also has two Olympic titles to his name (2012, 2016).Andy led Great Britain to a Davis Cup triumph in 2015, and he has won the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award a record three times (2013, 2015, 2016).He was knighted in the 2017 New Years Honours list.

Ben Stokes

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1991, Ben Stokes moved to Cumbria with his family at the age of 11. He made his debut for Durham CCC in 2009, and just two years later pulled on an England shirt for the first time.The highlights of his explosive England career to date have included scoring the fastest ever Test century at Lord's (against New Zealand in May 2015) and England's fastest ever Test double-century (against South Africa at Cape Town in January 2016). His bowling spell of 6-36 at Trent Bridge in August 2015 helped England to regain the Ashes. He has also played for the Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League, and Rising Pune Supergiant and the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.He is married with two young children.

Clio Gray

Clio Gray was born in Yorkshire, brought up in Devon and now lives in Scotland where she works in her local library, as she has done for many years. She has won prizes for many of her short stories, including the prestigious 2006 Scotsman & Orange Short Story Award for 'I Should Have Listened Harder', which can be downloaded from the Scotsman website. Her first novel, GUARDIANS OF THE KEY, was the winning recipient of the Harry Bowling Prize. More information about Clio can be found on her website www.cliogray.com.

Colin Shindler

Colin Shindler is a leading TV writer and producer. He was responsible for the series Lovejoyand Madson, as well as the film Busterand won a BAFTA for his production of A Little Princess. His first book, MANCHESTER UNITED RUINED MY LIFE, was a big bestseller and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize; and his second, FATHERS, SONS AND FOOTBALL, also hit the bestseller list. He is the author of two novels.

David Beckham

David Beckham is one of the most decorated footballers in the sport's history.With Manchester United (the club he supported as a boy), he won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and - unforgettably - the Champions League when United claimed their famous Treble at the climax of the 1998-99 season.In also winning championships in Spain with Real Madrid, in the USA with LA Galaxy, and in France with PSG, Beckham became the first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries.His 115 international appearances are a record for an English outfield player, and he is also the first England player to score at three World Cup finals.

Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any, generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize (THE OLD JEST), the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS), the Yorkshire Post Award, Best Book of the Year (twice, for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON?). She was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize with SHADOWS ON OUR SKIN.

John Greig

Edinburgh-born John Greig played a total of 877 games for Rangers - 755 competitive - between 1961 and 1978 and scored 120 goals. He won five league titles, six Scottish Cups, four League Cups and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1972. He was captain of Rangers when they beat Moscow Dynamo in the final in Barcelona. He also won 44 Scotland caps. He became manager of Rangers in 1978 in succession to Jock Wallace but never enjoyed the same level of success he had as a player. He later returned to Rangers to work in public relations and was recently appointed to the board. Voted the greatest ever Ranger and known as "Ledge" - in reference to legendary status, his statue now stands outside Ibrox.

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson became England's youngest international for 71 years when he made his debut at 18 in March 1998. He has since won 70 caps for his country and is the leading point-scorer in test rugby. In the 2003 World Cup he scored the drop goal that won the tournament. He endured a succession of injuries that kept him out of international action for over three years but he returned to kick the England rugby team to the final of the 2007 World Cup. He has also won five British Lions caps. He was awarded the MBE in January 2003, and the OBE a year later.

Lawrence Dallaglio

Lawrence Dallaglio has been a Wasps player all his club career, signing in 1990 and becoming captain in 1995 for 12 years until his retirement in 2008. He has won a hat-trick of Premiership titles and was also a member of the triumphant England Sevens team which won the World Cup at Murrayfield in 1993. He has captained his country and is regarded as one of the world's greatest ever back-row forwards - he was the only player to play in every minute of every match during the victorious 2003 World Cup campaign. He has won 85 caps for England and 3 Lions caps.

Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson has been a sports feature writer for the Daily Telegraph since 1995 before which he was the cricket correspondent of the Independent. His unique writing style has brought him many nominations and several awards, including the Sports Council's Sport Feature Writer of the Year. He collaborated with David Gower on his bestselling autobiography.

Paul Canoville

Paul Canoville was born in Hillingdon, London. Starting out playing for non-league Hillingdon Borough, Canoville signed for Chelsea in 1981. He made his debut against Crystal Palace in April 1982 aged 20. He joined Reading in 1986, where his career ended due to injury. He now lives in London, he is an ambassador for the 'Kick it Out' campaign and regularly talks to schools about his experiences.

Phil Tufnell

Phil Tufnell, aka "Tuffers", played 42 Test matches and 20 One-Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 1997. Following retirement in 2002, Tufnell became a hugely popular TV personality. He was the winner of ITV1's "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" in 2003, and enjoyed a long run in BBC1's "Strictly Come Dancing" in 2009. Current broadcasting commitments include being team captain on BBC1's "A Question of Sport" and regular features on BBC1's "The One Show". He remains a star turn on Radio 4's iconic "Test Match Special" show.

Reay Tannahill

Born and brought up in Scotland, Reay Tannahill would have liked to have gone either to art or drama school but fell victim to the traditional Scottish passion for formal education and found herself instead at the University of Glasgow, from where she emerged with an MA in history and a postgraduate certificate in social sciences. Until her death in 2007 she lived in London.After a varied career - as a probation officer, advertising copy-writer, newspaper reporter, historical researcher and graphic designer - she was asked by the Folio Society to write a short illustrated study of Regency England. This allowed her to combine her interests in art and history and was followed by PARIS IN THE REVOLUTION, THE FINE ART OF FOOD, FOOD IN HISTORY and SEX IN HISTORY. Having spent twelve years researching and writing these last two books (translated into eleven languages), Reay Tannahill felt that a change was called for and embarked on her first historical novel, A DARK AND DISTANT SHORE, which was an instant bestseller. Her following historical novels were all critically acclaimed and included PASSING GLORY, winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Richard Purden

Richard Purden grew up in Edinburgh but with family roots in Limerick and the west of Scotland he always felt a strong connection to Irish literature, culture and of course, Celtic FC. While studying at the University of Stirling he began to write arts reviews for student magazine Brig and on graduating he was first published in the Celtic View, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Post. More recently he has contributed to Four Four Two, the Sunday Mail and the award-winning Herald Saturday magazine.

Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes won four championship medals with Middlesex between 1980 and 1991. He retired in 1994 to write for the Daily Telegraph and commentate for TV. He is the author of one previous book, From Minor to Major.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard is Liverpool FC's most talented player for a generation, and one of their all-time greats. He has clocked up nearly 600 appearances for the Anfield side he supported as a boy, the club he joined as an eight-year-old.During his illustrious Liverpool career, Gerrard has won the Champions League, the League Cup three times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Cup, as well as being awarded the PFA Playerof the Year (2006) and FWA Footballer of the Year (2009). There's also the small matter of nearly 100 caps for England.

Stevie Chalmers

Stevie Chalmers won the European Cup with Celtic in 1967. He also helped Celtic win six Scottish League Championships, three Scottish Cup finals and four League Cup finals during a playing career that spanned a dozen seasons at Celtic. The fourth-highest goalscorer in Celtic's history, he is now a match-day host at Celtic Park. He won five caps for Scotland and scored the nation's first goal against Brazil, the world champions, at Hampden Park in June 1966.

Tom Finney

Sir Tom Finney played his entire career, from 1946-1960, at Preston North End, scoring 187 goals in 433 league appearances. He was the first player to be twice named Footballer of the Year and won 76 caps for England, scoring 30 goals. He was knighted in 1998.

Warren Gatland

Born in Hamilton, New Zealand, in 1963, Warren Gatland played rugby for the provincial side Waikato for eight years, and made 17 non-international appearances for the All Blacks, before turning to coaching.He was the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions squad which recorded an epic and thrilling Test series draw this summer against the mighty All Blacks. The result was the first time the Lions had not lost a series in New Zealand since 1971.Gatland also led the Lions on their triumphant tour of Australia in 2013, and he served as Assistant Coach on the 2009 tour of South Africa.He has been Head Coach of Wales since 2007, and in that time the Welsh have won the Grand Slam twice and the Six Nations three times.During his career, Gatland has also coached Connacht and the Irish national team, as well as Wasps.