Vintage by Maxine Linnell


Written by Maxine Linnell

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This is a cleverly charted time-slip novel that's also a real pageturner that will make you laugh, think and cry. Two girls swap lives – Holly lives now, and Marilyn lives in 1962. Holly is sexy and has attitude. Marilyn has inky fingers and has never been kissed. Holly makes some chaos in 1962 – and Marilyn finds a life she’d never dreamed of.


Vintage by Maxine Linnell

Teenagers Holly and Marilyn both hate Fridays and want a way out of the dullness of their lives. But, what neither expects is that a sudden accident sends them into each other’s lives. Adjusting isn’t easy; Marilyn lives in 1962 and Holly in 2010.

Click here for an author Q&A with Maxine Linnell.

About the Author

Maxine Linnell

Maxine Linnell grew up in Leicester, but couldn’t wait to get out, so she headed for Birmingham University. She’s done loads of jobs, from stacking shelves in Sainsbury’s to helping people to stop smoking, but she’s been a psychotherapist for a long time now, as well as having two wonderful kids.

A few years ago she decided to do what she’d always wanted to do - to write. She ended up back in Leicester after time in Bristol and North Devon, did an MA at Nottingham Trent University and joined a big community of local writers. Maxine has published a one-act play, and has had short stories broadcast on local radio and poems published in small poetry magazines. She’s also been working on retelling three Thomas Hardy novels for Real Reads, which will be published this year. Vintage is her first published novel.

An Interview with Maxine Linnell:

Vintage is set in 1962 and 2010, why did you choose those years?

And there’s some fantastic things about 2010, and things that aren’t so great. I love the amazing stuff we have now, the internet, mobiles, mp3s, satnavs and takeaways. People are much more free to be who they are – but there are downsides. Marilyn has to experience the violence, and it’s very scary.

Would you prefer to be a teenager now rather than to have been a teenager in the 1960s?

Your two main characters - the ones that swap places - are girls. Would it have been different for boys? If, say, Holly's friend Kyle was also transported in time?

Holly and Marilyn - the two characters who swap places in time, they never meet but towards the end they start to communicate - is there one thing you'd like them to say to each other?

I don’t know what they’d say to each other. Holly is really worried that Marilyn is going to mess things up for her. Marilyn’s just loving every minute – until things get scary.

I’d love to write about them again – I feel like I know them both, and love them both too! I do have something in mind for them, but there are other ideas and characters I want to write about.

Maxine, 1962

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Five Leaves Publications

Publication date

1st May 2010




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