After marrying, we moved around the world, and I have lived and
worked in California, Texas, and Calgary – as well as returning to Libya twice. I enjoyed living in these places, but eventually I found that I was homesick for England and when my husband retired, we came to live in West Sussex. I love England and everything about it – the changes of season, the countryside, market towns and villages, ancient buildings -- even the weather! After living in hot and humid places for many years, even a rainy day is welcome!
I have done voluntary work (mostly fund raising) for animal charities in USA and England, and been given awards by two of these organisations. After coming back to England to live, I started writing as a freelance and had articles published in many magazines including “Hello!”, “Sussex Life” and other county magazines. I have appeared on TV’s “Newsnight”,
“I Was A Jet Set Stewardess”, “From Blackpool to Benidorm”, “Superscrimpers” and I was a champion on “Countdown”.
Nowadays, in addition to writing, I am frequently invited by clubs and societies to be a guest speaker at their meetings.
The idea for the book was prompted by going into small country churches,
reading the memorials on the walls, and realising that in many places there will be a family who has lived there for several centuries, has provided employment for local people, started local businesses and industries, has perhaps built the village school and alms houses, and from reading the memorials you realise that throughout the generations, the family has served England. ( ... "killed on the northwest frontier, 1879" and "killed in the Battle of Britain, 1940" ...)
The blurb on the cover of the book reads: "Spanning six hundred years,
this sweeping saga focuses on a family living in a country manor in Yorkshire. Told in five parts, the story begins in 1415, the year of the Battle of Agincourt. We share the family's joys and sorrows, through there centuries as the story moves on through the Elizabethan age, then the 1700s, and mid-Victorian days. At the end, the family's story is brought up-to-date in the 21st century."
In a nutshell, this book is "my love letter to England".
My second book: "Before There Were Trolley Dollies" by Angela Waller is non-fiction and is about my life as an air hostess in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was all so different from the way passenger flying is now. At that time, very few people had travelled abroad for pleasure -- going abroad for a holiday was something only better off people could afford to do -- and then the "package holidays" were introduced, and suddenly everybody could afford to go abroad. In those days, there were four men on the crew and only one girl -- the air hostess (my airline never carried stewards). On services from London to Nairobi, Kenya, and to Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe), and to Accra, Ghana, we
flew in daylight only, and the crew and passengers stayed overnight in hotels along the route... a leisurely way of travelling that has gone forever!
The blurb on the book cover reads: "Angela Waller, who was an air
hostess in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was considered a glamorous and highly sought after job, tells everything you ever wanted to know about what went on in that golden age of passenger flying. In this fascinating book, she shares her experiences and tells stories from the hilarious to the harrowing, the factual and the funny, about the famous and the gossip. And she tells how very different things were, back in those days, before there were trolley dollies..."
Find out more about Angela and her books at the following links:
The Snows of Yorkshire: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Snows-Yorkshire-Angela-Waller/dp/1906710279/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228479893&sr=8-1
Before There Were Trolley Dollies: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Before-There-Were-Trolley-Dollies/dp/1906710961/ref=pd_sim_b_1