Deb McCormick achieved a Distinction in her MA at Bath Spa University. She started writing poetry on a scholarship place at Dartmouth College, US, and then progressed to fashion writing for Cosmopolitan magazine. She was distracted from a writing career when she met Anita Roddick and became the first independent franchisee of The Body Shop. She was involved in every aspect of the burgeoning business from shop design, political campaigning to running her seven shops. She sold her company in 1999 to concentrate on raising her four sons.
An Ancestry of Dolls Inside tells the story of two sisters growing up in Bognor Regis in the sixties and seventies with an adored but feckless mother and a violent, possessive father, seen through the eyes of the resourceful younger sibling, Dora McIver. Her fey elder sister, Celia, becomes even more reckless as she reaches puberty. When the girls run away to the Isle of Wight pop festival, Celia’s drug taking leads to devastating consequences. Dora’s life takes off but as she tries to save her mother and sister and include them in her successful new life, a terrible secret is revealed.