Fermanagh-born Hughes grew up in Belfast but has been based in Manchester where she is a member of the Manchester Irish Writers group for a number of years.
She has always been compelled to write of the North of Ireland, however, and the stories inspired by her heritage.
After receiving critical acclaim for her debut novel Marthas Girls, which was published in 2013, the former assistant headteacher released her sequel in March.
Published by Blackstaff Press, The Golden Sisters brings Marthas Girls into 1941, where German Bombs are dropping on Belfast.
Alrene Hughes recommends
The Girl from the Mill (2019)
"An authentic Yorkshire saga - you can almost hear the clacking of the looms. Add a feisty mill girl, determined to fight injustice, and you'll be reading through the night."
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