Copper's Ridge by Nigel Lampard
A book by English author Nigel Lampard based in and around the village of Upper Slaughter.
'Copper's Ridge' is a fictional name of a ridge that actually runs from Cress Coppice to Slaughter Coppice.
Sarah Preston is a picture-perfect girl arriving in Upper Slaughter, a picture-perfect village in the English Cotswolds. But her marriage has lost its passion, which makes her vulnerable to temptation.
And when she is spotted by someone in the village, standing naked at her bedroom window, the consequences of this chance sighting will be profound and far-reaching.
She was just asking to be kidnapped, wasn't she?
The Story behind Copper's Ridge - the author wrote the following especially for Cotswolds.Info:-
Ask one hundred authors of fiction about what inspires them to write a particular story and you will get a lot more than one hundred answers. It can be anything: a person, a group of people, an experience, wishful thinking, a dream, a nightmare and so on. For me the inspiration for Copper’s Ridge was the village of Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds. From the moment my wife, Jane, and I visited for the first time in 1997, Upper Slaughter became like a magnet for me. Every time we stayed in the area – Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, Blockley and Chipping Campden, I had to return. I would walk round the village in relative silence taking in every nook and cranny, every house and cottage, every bend in the road. But most of all I sensed the village’s aura, its own personality, its magic. During every visit I always stopped on the footbridge over the River Eye and allowed my imagination to run wild as the water flowed beneath my feet.
It was during my third visit when I saw Michael walking up from the ford towards the village green. I saw him walk past Sarah and Phillip Preston as they admired Primrose Cottage. I saw Old Greg at his garden gate as he took in everything. Most importantly though, I saw how I could bring these products of my imagination together into a story that would allow me to get an insight into the secrets of Upper Slaughter.
It could be argued that such inspiration can come from anywhere, and I would agree, because it also happened in Ashby St Ledger in Northamptonshire which resulted in another novel – Obsession – yet to be published. But there was something very special about Upper Slaughter; there was a feeling that it wasn’t the people who lived there who were watching me, it was the village itself. The feeling was so strong I knew that to do it justice I had to encompass the nooks and crannies, the cottages and houses, the bends in the road and a lot more into Michael and Sarah’s story.
I would challenge anybody who has visited Upper Slaughter not to have a similar feeling to my own. The Cotswolds are exquisite, the towns and villages within its boundaries border on chocolate box perfection, but with the magic of Upper Slaughter you also get mystery. The village has its secrets it shares with no-one – except perhaps with Michael … and me!
About the Author
Nigel Lampard was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army when he retired from active service in 1999. Trained as an ammunition and explosives expert, he travelled all over the world and was appointed an Order of the British Empire for services to his country.
As a second career, and with a post-graduate diploma in Organisational Psychology, he helped British Forces personnel transition to civilian life. During a tour in Berlin in the early 1980s he fell in love with the city, its people and its isolation.
When he left the city in late 1983 he needed to continue the affair and the only way he could do this was to write about it, so he began writing his first novel. Other book titles by Nigel include - In Denial; Obsession; and Pooh Bridge.