Searching for a Silver Lining: Meet The Cast

Searching for a Silver Lining by Miranda Dickinson

Meet The Cast – Reenie Silver


Reenie Silver is awesome! An early review of my book called Reenie a ‘badass’ – and this absolutely sums her up. Reenie is totally unique, the former lead singer of 1950s group The Silver Five, whose story and potential reunion form the heart of Searching for a Silver Lining. Quite simply, I adored writing Reenie. She appeared on the page in the first draft as she does in the finished book, in a blaze of scarlet and glory. I completely fell in love with her character as I was writing and to be honest she seemed to write most of her scenes herself.


Reenie is a woman who has worked hard to gain her dream. Born Irene Silverman in the slums of Liverpool, she dreamed of finding stardom in the bright lights of London and her entire life has been the result of her all-encompassing ambition. She’s completely unconventional and fiendishly funny, utterly in denial about being a ‘little old lady’ and still believes herself to be a star. But her brassiness hides a terrible secret and a sadness we only discover as Mattie Bell helps her to make amends for the past…


There’s only one choice for my dream actress to play Reenie Silver in the film ofSearching for a Silver Lining: the wonderful Julie Walters. I wrote Reenie with her in mind, imagining her as an eighty-four-year-old version of Rita in Educating Rita. She is the perfect choice, not only because she’s my favourite actress but also because of the sheer range of her acting skills. As Reenie I think she would have you helpless with laughter at her antics, then in tears at the deep sorrow she’s hidden for sixty years of her life. This film has to happen!


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9781447276074It began with a promise . . . 

Matilda Bell is left heartbroken when she falls out with her beloved grandfather just before he dies. Haunted by regret, she makes a promise that will soon change everything . . .

When spirited former singing star Reenie Silver enters her life, Mattie seizes the opportunity to make amends. Together, Mattie and Reenie embark on an incredible journey that will find lost friends, uncover secrets from the glamorous 1950s and put right a sixty-year wrong.

Touchingly funny, warm and life-affirming, this is a sparkling story of second chances. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Searching for a Silver Lining will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

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miranda_047Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford Library and today she is a bestselling author. She began to write in earnest when a friend gave her The World’s Slowest PC, and has subsequently written the bestselling novelsFairytale of New YorkWelcome to My WorldIt Started With a KissWhen I Fall in LoveTake A Look At Me Now,I’ll Take New York and A Parcel for Anna Browne. Miranda lives with her husband Bob and daughter Flo in Dudley.


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