Anne Loader
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Anne Loader was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England, in 1948 and went to school in Spalding and Haunton near Tamworth, Staffordshire. When she left school in 1965 she was employed as a junior reporter with the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian and then the Lynn News and Advertiser. After qualifying as a reporter she married and moved to Southampton where her husband Jack was doing a PhD in Physical Chemistry. She worked for the Southern Evening Echo as a general reporter also specialising in education matters until the couple moved to Northwich in Cheshire in 1971.

Following the birth of their two sons she set up Anne Loader Publications to print newsletters and literature for charities and small businesses. She edited and contributed to the popular paperback "Pregnancy and Parenthood" written on behalf of the National Childbirth Trust for Oxford University Press, which sold more than 50,000 copies in three editions.

In 1980 she returned to journalism as a feature writer for Northwich World and in 1984 was appointed founder chief reporter of the new newspaper, the Crewe World - later the Crewe and Nantwich Guardian. A year later she became its editor - a job she held until 1995 when she was made redundant prior to a management buy-out of the parent company, Reed Regional Newspapers. She then re-established Anne Loader Publications, this time with a wider brief, to publish autobiography and local interest books and as a platform for her freelance writing, editing and design.

As a newspaper editor she had received a number of manuscripts by local writers which she felt deserved publication but they were either on inappropriate subjects or too long to put in the paper. Their work was of merit but not commercial on a large enough scale to attract the national publishing houses. Whilst "vanity publishing" was a way for the authors to see their work in print she felt that the charges made were often extortionate, so she decided to set up a business publishing short-run books aiming at production runs of up to 500 copies, initially concentrating on autobiography and local history, and latterly also on books about France. She aims to produce a quality product, indistinguishable from books published by much larger companies, which will make a reasonable profit for Anne Loader Publications and provide modest royalties for the author.

"The fact that someone is not a full-time writer does not mean that they are a poor writer," she says. "Many authors who write beautifully earn their living in quite a different way. Other people may not write terribly well but they have a fascinating story to tell. I get an enormous kick out of using my skills as an editor and designer to act as a 'midwife' to bring books by talented amateurs into the world."

Anne wrote her own book "A Bull by the Back Door" to amuse her elderly mother, who had lived in France and had instilled a passion for France in her daughter from her earliest years. It was so well-received by all those who read it that she decided to publish it herself. Its success with the wider readership and the demands to know "What happened next?" led her to write a sequel "The Duck with a Dirty Laugh", which has been an equal 'hit' with fans.

France Magazine invited Anne to sign her books on their stand at the Vive la France Exhibition at Olympia, London, on 20th - 21st January 2001. Many people stopped to say how much they had enjoyed the first two books about St. Paradis and asked when the next one was going to be published. Well, the third book in the series "The Bells of St Paradis" (covering the period 1998-2000) was launched at the beginning of December 2001 and has received an enthusiastic response from readers.

In 2007 she started to write a column for, a website that is devoted to all things relating to British people interested in the Creuse Département in Central France, whether as residents, holiday-home owners or dreamers.

Called "Crazy about the Creuse", the column is in the Features section of the site under the pseudonym of "Annik". Anne's aim is to inform and entertain, and she is greatly enjoying writing for a new medium. She has done more than 65 articles to date. We hope that readers of the St Paradis trilogy will be able to use it to continue to get their "fix"!

It is free to subscribe and it is non-profit making/no advertising website so why not sign up? Ideally, the articles should be read in reverse order to make the best chronological sense of them, as the latest is always at the top of the list.

You can contact Anne by going to our e-mail links page.

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