Back in the Day by Jess Bright – 10 Random Things Blog Tour Stop!

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Can time travel fix a family and a friendship?

So, one minute my ex-best friend, Izzy, and I are rummaging in the PE cupboard, looking at some hilarious prom stuff from the 1980s. The next minute, we’re there. Actually there, in 1985. And that’s not all – our mums are there too. But they’re our age! Check out their hair!

It’s weird enough for Izzy, who’s not really getting on with her mum at the moment. Not that I care, we’re not friends any more anyway. But the thing is, my mum died in a car crash when I was four. I’ve always longed to get to know her, and now’s my chance!

Izzy says we mustn’t change anything in the past, as it might mean our future selves don’t even get born. But how can I not warn my mum about her fate? If there’s a chance that I can save her, surely I’ve got to take it. Wouldn’t you . . .?

Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by OUP Oxford

10 Random Things About Back in the Day

1. I had the idea of a time travel book in my head for over ten years. It is born out of my fantasy of going back to school in the Eighties with all the knowledge I have now, to tell the maths teacher who bullied me to get stuffed and that I never needed to know how to complete a quadratic equation for anything EVER!

2. Daisy was originally called Vicki Hillman, the name of one of my closest friends. But my editor said I couldn’t call her that, as it wasn’t modern enough (!!!), so I changed it to Daisy (Vicki’s daughter’s name). Daisy’s mum in the book is also named after Vicki’s mum, Annie.

3. 1985, the year the girls go back in time to, was my favourite year at school. I remembered watching Live Aid at a party in the summer that year and thinking U2 was the best band in the world. It was also the year I got my first proper boyfriend. Cringe.

4. The school in Back in the Day is based on the senior school I went to as a child, called Woolmer Hill in Haslemere, Surrey. I find it easier to write about a school I can remember the layout of, even if it was back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

5. Dawn, the bully in the book is a real person. I won’t say who she is, but I was at school with her!

6. Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe in the story is stolen from a book I read as a kid about some children who visit an ancient antiques shop and find a tiny sailing ship in a bottle. The ship is magic and takes them on amazing flying adventures all over the place. The description of the shop and the mystery surrounding it has stayed with me all these years.

7. Mrs Hollingdale the head teacher in the present, Mr Jimpson the head teacher in 1985, Mrs Upton and Mrs James, were all real teachers who taught me in the Eighties. Everyone was scared of Mr Jimpson – he used to blow his stack constantly and was always shouting. His nickname was Strawberry due to his unfortunate, errrr, bright red bobbly nose! The school corridors were constantly echoing with chants of Strawberry, Strawberry! Then frantic scuffling as kids ran to escape being cuffed round the ear.

8. I wanted Daisy and Izzy to have fallen out before they went back in time to cause some tension. I thought it might be a bit boring if they were still best friends. I felt they needed to go on some sort of journey together and rediscover their friendship from Primary School. So many children let go of friendships when they go up to senior school and wanted to see what would happen if Daisy admitted she hated being in the cool group and missed Izzy. I reckon that happens loads!

9. There were two endings in my head for the book. I prefer the one I chose over the one both my daughters wanted! Not sure they agree!

10. All the chapter headings in the book are song titles from pop tunes that came out in 1985. My brother and I made up a dance to Trapped (Chapter Two) by Colonel Abrams. I can still remember part of the routine. No, I’m not showing you!

 

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