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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Alice, a Memoir by Alice Gilmore - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Alice Gilmore and her new book, “Alice, a Memoir”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Alice and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Alice, a Memoir
by Alice Gilmore


GENRE: Non-Fiction



Few, if anyone, could have had a life like Alice Gilmore. It was almost unbelievable yet carried on under the cover of a respectable middle-class existence.

You might strongly disapprove of what she did, but Alice was determined. She overcame insurmountable obstacles to keep the love she longed for.

Her single-minded fight to live out her love makes a gripping, riveting story that one eminent literary person called ‘staggeringly readable’. It is shocking. Her methods will upset some, but are you with her or against her? Your decision.

This is no misery memoir. It’s a story told with joy, wit and fervour – the astonishing story of the overwhelming love Alice Gilmour was determined to live out.



The taxi took me to the student pub at the university. I went in and found a seat at the end of the bar where I could have my back to the wall and watch what went on without it being obvious that I was doing just that. In fact I sat side on to the wall, using the mirrors behind the bar. The place was quite quiet when I sat down but soon filled up. It was the favourite drinking haunt of most students because the beer was very cheap and they could take a good deal on board before going on to a disco or meal later. I looked like someone waiting for her date to turn up, except that I hadn’t realized just how much I stood out in that crowd of untidy garish youngsters. I looked infinitely more sophisticated and quite a bit older. If someone had come up to me and asked me what the hell I was doing in a joint like this I wouldn’t have been surprised. I soon spotted my prey, a six-foot, fair-haired athletic-looking boy in trainers, jeans and tee shirt. He was not nineteen, I knew, a first-year student. I wanted him as young as possible. David had researched him thoroughly, almost intrusively, and probably illegally: brilliant A levels, excellent entrance papers, a keen and talented sportsman, no known allergies or poor family health history, good looking and popular. I wanted the father of our child to be as perfect as possible.



Lessons I Learned from My Hero/Heroine:

Well, of course, as this book is a memoir I suppose my hero is myself although I am a woman. I won’t use the word heroine in this context because I think a hero and a heroine are two very different creatures not necessarily related to whichever sex they are.

By ‘hero’ in this case I mean protagonist. So what lessons have I learned from myself? The major, overriding all-encompassing one is: once you have identified what you want from life just go for it, pell-mell, no holds barred, all out. That’s what I did regardless of prejudice, prohibition or the law, and it brought me satisfaction and sublime happiness in a full life, along with all the difficulties that I met and had to deal with along the way
Ah, but there is the question of knowing whether you are right when you choose what you want. People change. What you wanted aged sixteen will probably change, perhaps more than once, before you have reached thirty. My answer to that is go for what you want when you want it and if it changes then you change too and go for the new goal with the same commitment. When family and friends protest or raise objections or try to dissuade you, engage with them and argue. That is part of the crucible you should subject your major decisions to. If you are not a good advocate for your own wishes or if you cannot justify your ambition but feel strongly enough in your guts that it is right for you then ignore argument and go for it anyway. If you try to do something that someone has talked you into and it fails you’ll resent her or him and yourself. Bitterness is hard to bear. If you try to do what you want and it fails you will never resent yourself, just shrug and move on. Of course, you might want a certain thing in life but not very much. Well, bide your time. Something will come along. I can only say that when you want something enough you should know. Then you must ignore all others and all other advice. You will know. And if you don’t, I am sorry for you.

If I play by the rules and call myself the heroine because I am a woman then the hero becomes the man in this story and in my life. I say all I want to about him in the book. I will not gild the lily.



If you want to know about my life and background read this book. I can scarcely add to what I have written about myself in there. I earnestly hope that the rest of my life is too uneventful to even consider writing anything else, I am no novelist. The life I have described was full enough and rich enough for me. God knows what I would come out with if I had to invent. If you find you need a good chef I shall consider anything not too energetic – which rules out most jobs in the kitchen.





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  1. Alice ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. My family and I all appreciate you bringing to our attention the book description of another great book to read. Thanks so much!

  3. Thank you for hosting my book. Alice xx

  4. This sounds like such a great book!