Lynn Michell


For Alice Green, reaching fifty is much the same as being invisible so why not make the most of it. Her head-in-the-sand husband doesn’t notice the clothes mountain and piles of pretty stationery. The adrenalin rushes become addictive highs in a life that has wavered and halted. But when two police cars draw up outside her house in leafy Edinburgh, she knows the game is up. Alice must face the present and rake over the past.

Run, Alice, Run will speak to middle-aged women who feel irrelevant, invisible and redundant in a society that values youth over wisdom, beauty over experience. Fifty-something Alice Green responds with a manic shop-lifting spree – after all no-one sees her – that prompts her to question and understand her past in a bid to secure and save her future.

Run, Alice, Run is an irreverent coming-of-middle-age novel that looks with irony and black humour at the way society defines and diminishes women of all ages.

Assured, fluent and very readable. Her characters live and breathe…Alice’s story is not just an engrossing read – it is a political statement about the position women still hold in our ‘enlightened’ society.’
– Jenny Twist, author of Cottage at the End of the World and The House in Mill Street.

ISBN: 978-1908600455
Published: April 10th, 2015

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About this book

Lynn Michell’s sixteen books are published by HarperCollins, Oliver & Boyd, Pluto Press and The Women’s Press. They include Write From the Start, a six-book, illustrated writing scheme for schools, and Shattered, a non-fiction book based on interviews with thirty people with severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The two books close to her heart are her debut novel, White Lies, set in Kenya at the time of the Mao Mao uprising, runner-up for the Robert Louis Stevenson Award, and her third novel, The Red Beach Hut, about a fine but fated friendship between a man and a boy, both outsiders, who meet on a windswept English beach. You can find her here:


“Run Alice Run traces the breaking points of a young girl’s heart and the ways in which each fracture moulds her into the woman she’s become.”
— Isabelle Coy-Dibley, The Contemporary Small Press.

“In this eloquent novel, Lynn Michell ultimately weaves a poignant tale of hard-won freedom. It illustrates how a mutilated sense of self can translate into a set of behaviours that range from self-harm to rebellious cries for help.”
— Jenny Gorrod, Dundee University Review of the Arts.

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