I’m Sheila Jeffries, best-selling author of SOLOMON’S TALE and SOLOMON’S KITTEN, and a new book, THE BOY WITH NO BOOTS. I’m also an artist. I paint pictures of light and quirky ‘word art’ which expresses my love of language and colour. Being a mum is my greatest joy, and my two favourite words are ‘Hi Mum.’ My other passion is for planting trees and butterfly gardens. I want to make a difference, and I love to help people towards living peacefully on our gorgeous planet.
The beautiful landscape above is in Somerset where I grew up. I wanted to share its magic with you, and so I have used it as the setting for THE BOY WITH NO BOOTS, published on 29th Jan 2015 by Simon and Schuster UK.
To be published in Feb 2016
THE GIRL BY THE RIVER, book 2 of the saga. It tells the story of Tessa, the youngest daughter of Freddie and Kate. Tessa is a hyper-sensitive, gifted, but difficult child, growing up in the sixties in the era of flower children and hippies. It is set in Somerset and in St Ives, Cornwall.
I'm currently writing the third book which will be published in Feb 2017.
THE BOY WITH NO BOOTS
‘But I, who am poor, have only my dreams.
Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.’
William Butler Yeats
‘He’s a liar! Stamp it out!’ This is the attitude to Freddie’s ability to see angels and spirit people. It gets him into endless trouble. Yet the gift burns on, through his youth, until he learns the bitter truth, in the words of the poet, Wordsworth, ‘Shades of the prison house begin to close upon the growing boy.’
What will happen to the gift through successive generations? Who will inherit it? And who will find the courage to use it?
Readers verdict on THE BOY WITH NO BOOTS, just a few of the amazon.co.uk five star reviews.
‘Stunning. So beautifully written with an exquisitely poetic narrative.’
‘One of those rare books that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.’
‘The most heart warming book I have read in a long time. I did not want it to end.’
‘...deep insight and understanding into the pain and fear many people live with. I heartily recommend this book to everyone who is tired of the violence and anger in so many books now.’
‘One of the best books I have read. I couldn’t put it down. Brilliant.’
‘The prose is simply superb. When the sheer beauty of words can evoke tears, that’s the sign of a gifted writer.’
‘Of all the books I have bought, this is the best.’
‘This novel is sweet and insightful and shows a good understanding of human emotions.’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed it and the insight into the afterlife was so interesting.’
‘Sheila Jeffries is an amazing storyteller.’
‘A truly unique book, one that I would highly recommend. I can’t wait for her next book.’
Dad with some of his stone carvings.
The man who inspired me to write THE BOY WITH NO BOOTS was my dad, a gentle giant who never raised his hand or his voice to me. Dad had a childhood in extreme poverty, and Freddie’s early life is based on the stories he told me. He kept his gift of prophecy strictly under wraps, but his other talent was art. One day a stone mason bet him a pound that he couldn’t carve an angel out of a stone gate post, and that was the beginning of Dad’s sculptures in stone and wood which are still all over Somerset in churches and gardens. He never had a studio, and he would have loved to go to art college as I did.