Fiction & Drama
Lisa Rookes on the inspiration behind The Gallows Tree
Congratulations to Farah Cook, whose debut novel Care for Me is published in paperback and audiobook by Hodder Studio today.
Care for Me is a compelling and emotional debut novel about family, love and secrets from the past. When Amira takes her mother, Afrah, to Ravenswood Lodge Care Home, set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, she hopes it will be the right decision for both of them. She hopes it will keep them safe. But it isn’t long before Afrah is haunted by her past she has always wanted to forget, and she is sure someone is back for revenge. Now she must convince Amira of the truth, but first, Amira may need to discover the secrets of the past for herself.
Farah Cook is a Danish writer of Pakistani descent. She grew up in Copenhagen with a creative and explorative childhood spent mostly outdoors. At the age of twelve, she began writing several short stories to fuel her passion for storytelling. Later, Farah graduated with a BA in Social Science from Sweden, an MA in Arts from London and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Surrey. Farah has lived in many countries, including Germany and New Zealand, but settled in London where she worked as a Marketing Manager for a large financial conglomerate. Her passion for storytelling remained, and at night she started to write all the things she’d imagine.
An alumna of the Faber Academy in London, Farah now lives in Bad Homburg, just outside Frankfurt, with her husband and two sons. She speaks six languages fluently including Danish, Swedish and German, and writes full-time.