Here are some articles by and about Mo. Enjoy…
I have never been better loved
(Mo Finds True Love)
At the age of 70 with a marriage behind her. Mo Foster had ruled out the prospect of a passionate relationship. But she was surprised by a sudden need for companionship – even more so when a new correspondence turned into the love affair of her life.
I was nearly 70 and hadn’t really believed I would ever get published when late in 2005 I was offered a two-book deal. My entire world changed. I had lived alone very happily for 10 years since my last partner died but now there were demands on me and my happy routine was disturbed. I finished the second novel fairly speedily and, after it went, experienced a kind of mourning. click here to read full article
‘Perhaps I never knew what love was’
Article for the Guardian
Mo Foster and her husband, Sid, had a difficult marriage and hadn’t lived together for 30 years. Then he died and she realised how much she missed their constant rows.
It seemed to me that I looked away for a moment, and when things came back into focus Sid, my husband of 44 years, was gone. The fact that we had not lived together for 30 years seemed not to dull the shock.
It wasn’t like that at all of course. He had contracted diabetes when he was in a TB sanatorium in his 20s, so he’d had the condition for more than 50 years, and I sometimes thought that is what defined his life. He was not the kind of casual diabetic who takes his disease lightly; he followed a strict diet regime, weighed out his food carefully, tested his blood sugar regularly and, for the most part, kept it under control. He always had a store of sweets and Mars bars for emergencies. click here to read full article
Mo Shakes it with Kate Thompson
Southampton writer Mo Foster isn’t afraid to tell it how it is in her first published novel A Blues for Shindig. Kates Thompson meets her. Mo Foster loves naughty people. She likes colourful characters, who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries and shake things up a bit. These are the people she writes about in in her first published novel. A Blues for Shindig.
It is set in 1950?s Soho and draws on her own experience of living in the capital.“It’s not autobiographical, but the book does draw on my experiences in the 1950?s” says Mo.“People say it was a grey time but it wasn’t at all. I had had great fun and really enjoyed myself. It was a vibrant time, not monochrome.” click here to read full article
An Article By Mo for the Oldie Magazine
It was one of those winter nights that the Fifties specialised in. The fog had come down like some oily blanket while we were in the cinema in Hampstead. Now it appeared to be oozing up from the dank pavements as well. It swirled and crept around us as we stood debating where to go next. It was foul with a yellow reek to it that got in the back of the throat and stayed there, so it didn’t take much persuading to get me into the pub with my friends. Frances, another nurse, was there and she lived near ladbroke Grove – which was on my way home to Shepherd’s Bush, so we could travel back together. click here to read full article
An Article about Mo by Kate Smith
In the mid-1950?s Soho was an exotic run-down area, offering after-hours drinking, hedonism, sexual adventure and cosmopolitan lifestyle and Mo Foster found herself drawn towards it:
“I first found Soho when I was in my early teens. I was quite determined to avoid respectability at all costs and Soho was a superb place for this. It was also fine contrast to Welling in Kent and only 20 minutes on the train. It seemed deliciously louche to me, all the coffee bars, jazz clubs and sleaze. I saw myself as a beatnik and deeply intellectual. This teenage neuroses has never entirely left me and I am still rebelling at over 70!” click here to read full article
Mo interviewed by Nick Churchill
Mo Foster’s teenage world was one of hard men, fast women, bright lights and few cares. She immersed herself whole-heartedly in the mid-1950?s Soho demi-monde as London town emerged coughing and spluttering from the age of austerity and started to burn the candle again at both ends.
It was a time of high hopes and wild dreams, where it seemed every chance encounter held the promise of a brighter tomorrow; and every whispered aside dripped with potential danger or possible heartbreak. She loved it.
And it provides her debut novel, A Blues for Shindig (PaperBooks, £9.99) with it’s irrepressible backdrop. In fact, it’s every bit as much a character in the book as the people themselves. click here to read full article
An Article About Mo’s Book By Adrian Magson
Short stories occasionally have the ability to become much more than they originally set out to be. This may be due to subject matter or scope, or simply because they demand a much bigger canvas.
One such is A Blues for Shindig, by Mo Foster; published by PaperBooks in June, it began life as a short story and simply grew in stature.
Described by Mo as a comedy, it is about Shindig, a louche young woman with a great appetite for life, and draws on London’s soho of the 50?s, which Mo knew and loved.
‘This book has been with me for what seems like forever,’ says Mo, who lives in Southampton and Greenwich. click here to read full article