Emotional infidelity and betrayal at the heart of Beckenham author’s fourth book The Man in the Needlecord Jacket

PUBLISHED: 13:42 24 April 2017

Linda MacDonald, author of Meeting Lydia

Linda MacDonald, author of Meeting Lydia


The book will be released on May 1

The Man in the Needlecord JacketThe Man in the Needlecord Jacket

A Beckenham author who delves into the emotional side of middle-aged relationships is just days away from the release of her fourth book.

Bringing her writing talent together with a broad knowledge of psychology, Linda MacDonald tackles the troubles of relationships in The Man in the Needlecord Jacket.

So far in her series of books, the former science and psychology teacher has a focus on middle-aged relationships and emotions, something she has continued with her upcoming release.

Ms MacDonald said: “My first book, Meeting Lydia, was based around bullying and internet relationships. I was bullied in school so I drew on my own life experience there, and internet relationships was part of the syllabus when I was a psychology teacher in Lewisham.

“This latest book deals with emotional infidelity and psychological abuse, both of which can be a bit of a grey area for people on where the line is, especially with more and more people having friends of the opposite sex.

“But I know some people will read this book and ask how this woman could stay with her partner. Sometimes with longer relationships, it takes more to want to end it, and people are more likely to balance out the bad elements of a relationship with the good bits, and that’s what this book deals with.”

Originally from Cumbria, Ms MacDonald moved to London as a teenager to study Psychology at Goldsmiths University.

In 1985 she moved to Beckenham and has lived in the town ever since.

The author retired from teaching in 2012 after publishing her first book, Meeting Lydia the year before, which has so far sold more than 1,000 copies in print and online.

She said: “I’ve been told my stories are very human, my books are for women of a certain age, but I recently had a man get in touch saying he’d read one of my books on an oil rig, so there’s room for anyone to pick up the book. I’d say they’re easy to read, but not fluffy and deal with real life issues.”

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