·Nell Finnemore·

    Nell Finnemore (better known as crime author Diane Janes) grew up in Birmingham, where she attended Kings Norton Girls Grammar School and attending a school reunion in 2002 was the spark from which Both Ends of the Circle grew. Large parts of the novel, like a significant period of the author's own life, take place in a Birmingham grammar school in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The fictional Eleanor Vaux Grammar School of the novel is not Kings Norton Girls Grammar, but old girls from KNGGS may think it bears some striking resemblances to it. The characters are entirely fictional, but one or two elements of the author's own life - including attendance at an infamous party which took place in Kings Heath many moons ago - undoubtedly provided inspiration for the plot.

As well as providing a walk down Memory Lane for a whole generation of Brummies, Both Ends of the Circle is guaranteed to appeal to anyone who ever put on a pair of platform heels, or knows that their mother - or grandmother - once wore them. An eminently readable novel which will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think.