At Avante Care and Support we believe all our residents are special and each one often has an interesting story to tell. This was exactly the case when staff at Pilgrims View, Snodland were surprised to find one of their residents, Anne Bentley had written a book which had been published!
Over 30 years ago, Anne (nee Olsen) was living in Zimbabwe and was running one of the country’s leading marriage bureaux. Through her experience at work and her personal misfortune, she composed a novel entitled “Seventh Floor Cupid”, which was published in 1980.
The book, quite often humorous, though mostly poignant, unfolds the ‘case histories’ of a great variety of ‘star-crossed lovers’, each one shielded by anonymity.
Critic’s comments at the time were;
- “… a little book that packs more human emotion into its pages than most novels.” SUNDAY NEWS
- “Cleverly combining pathos with humour; the former journalist gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes picture of how people react to their contrived introductions in her role as Cupid.” THE HERALD
The story unfolded when Dawn Wraight, a Carer at Pilgrims View, had been chatting with Anne about how she juggled her time between raising her children and running her business – the Marriage Bureaux. Dawn commented how proud she must have been to have achieved so much and that was when Anne mentioned she had also written a book, but no longer had a copy for herself.
Dawn took it upon herself to track down a copy of the book, which took a few months to obtain but eventually a copy of the book was found and then Dawn had the great pleasure to present Anne with it, which as you can imagine came as a lovely surprise.