Painting a picture of city life

A South Yorkshire author, now living in Istanbul, has published a book that paints a vivid picture of her early life in Sheffield.

Tuesday, 7th March 2017, 11:07 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:41 am
Maxine Bagdat

Maxine Bagdat’s latest book, Between The Two, features striking comparisons between her own life and that of her heroine, Melek.

“My husband and I lived in Sheffield together, like Melek and her husband Nick,” explained the 56-year-old.

“And I attended night school in the city to learn Turkish ahead of moving to Istanbul with my husband, which also features in the book.

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“My own father worked in the steel industry, so the main character’s father-in- law does too. I think I write best when I am writing about an environment or geographical place familiar to me and near to my heart. My story seems less like fiction when it has connotations of my home town. I can visualise the areas I allude to and hear the people of Sheffield as I write, which hopefully will engage local readers more.

“Having spent almost five years living in Istanbul, soaking up the culture and visiting various other cities and towns in this vast country, I felt compelled to write a fiction which would reflect all that I had learned, of a life between two places.”

Maxine’s first novel, Julia’s Meadow - which was released on Kindle and Amazon two years ago - is also based in the city and captures the essence of Maxine’s experience growing up on Sheffield’s Manor Estate in the 1970s.

Maxine, a former French teacher, added: “My first book flowed out in five months and I’ve loved writing this second story too.

“I always enjoy reading books set in places I’ve been and I hope the people of Sheffield will enjoy my story.”

Visit Maxine on Amazon for more details.