Your principal host at North Hill Farm is Chris, a former journalist who started offering accommodation in 2002 while she was still editing a regional farming paper. By 2004 the B&B had become so popular she had to make the decision whether or not to struggle on doing both jobs. It was at the time when the internet was having a big impact on local newspapers and before they came to terms with what it can do for them. She and her husband quickly built up the business in this beautiful hilltop location among the Shropshire Hills.
But Chris has not given up her writing career and in between cooking the breakfasts and during the year’s quieter periods she’s found time to write a novel.
Thorns is set in 1990s Shropshire and the county’s beautiful countryside is almost as much a personality as the human characters involved.
It moves between there and war-torn Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo. A dark tale with two entwining love stories, it follows a war correspondent who becomes involved with a woman in the siege. After her death he comes home seeking refuge from his trauma in the peace of the Shropshire landscape. But the tranquillity of his small farm is an illusion and an act of kindness to a vulnerable girl drags him into a family dispute which erupts into callous brutality.