FROM THE WINNER OF THE AUTHORS’ CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD
‘This [book] confirms her as one of the most arresting voices of her generation. Delaney never succumbs to cliche, but creates a vividly realised narrative in which you long for her characters to break free and triumph’ OBSERVER
‘Superb’ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘You’ll be moved, you might laugh and there may well be redemption’ EVENING STANDARD
‘Delaney has an effortless skill to unlock the fabric and nuances of working-class family life. Thoroughly absorbing, it didn’t let me down’ ALEX WHEATLE
Perfect for fans of Meg Mason’s SORROW AND BLISS, Claire Fuller’s UNSETTLED GROUND and A LITTLE LIFE
I had dreams once, but never for anything as extravagant as happiness. Still, Auntie Bell and me have fresh cream cakes every Saturday. They’re sweet enough to take the edge off. I hope they’re enough to get me through being outed as a fraud. Turns out, I’m more my missing mother’s daughter than anyone first suspected.
There was a time when Lindy Morris escaped to London and walked along the Thames in the moonlight. When life was full and exciting.
Decades later, Lindy lives back with her Auntie Bell on the edge: on the edge of Donegal and on the edge of Granda Morris’s land. Granda Morris is a complicated man, a farmer who wanted sons but got two daughters: Auntie Bell and Lindy’s mother, who disappeared long ago.
Now, Lindy and Bell live the smallest of lives, in a cottage filled with unfulfilled dreams. But when the secrets they have kept for thirty years emerge, everything is rewritten. Will Lindy grasp who she is again?
Praise for Tish Delaney
‘Funny and moving’ Roddy Doyle
‘I was besotted’ Red
‘Gorgeous prose . . . My heart broke several times’ Good Housekeeping