Knowing Anna (2016)
Knowing Anna was published by Marylebone House in June 2016.
When musician Anna Greene dies at the untimely age of 42, her family and friends are stunned by their sudden loss. Theo, Anna's husband, is numb with grief and furiously angry with the world. Teenager Beth – in the middle of her GCSEs - is fighting her own demons, while her little brother Sam is just missing his Mum. And not unnaturally, Ruth, the children's grandmother, feels that as a doctor that she should have been able to save her daughter's life.
But Anna has left one last request: that those who loved her should walk the Pilgrims' Way to Canterbury in her memory.
Four months later, they set out on a hundred mile journey that will change their lives for ever. Walking with the family are Father Stephen, the parish priest, who is wrestling with a deeply personal crisis of conscience, and Anna's sparky best friend, single mother Tamsin. Then a stranger joins the group. Who is he? And what was the catastrophe that drove Anna from home a decade earlier?
Over the course of nine days, the pilgrims share their memories of Anna, and gradually the layers of her life are peeled back to uncover secrets that no one ever suspected. Can those who loved her come to terms with all that is past?
Here's a piece I wrote for the Church Times recently about how I came to write this book.
Married to the Ministry (1998)
This book was an attempt to gather and share stories from women (and it was largely women, then) and men who were married to clergy about the impact of their partner’s vocation on their life. At the time I wrote the book I wanted to read on the subject. For a whole number of reasons, it would be a very different book if I were to write it today.
Nonetheless, imagine my delight when Patrick Gale, one of my favourite authors, acknowledged “the wry wisdom of Sarah Meyrick’s Married to the Ministry” in the back of his 2012 novel A Perfectly Good Man.