Lynn Michell


​”Their eyes met and locked. Pulling his hand from his pocket, Neville waved. once.”

A faded seaside town in autumn is the backdrop for this elegiac story of a vulnerable boy and the adult who befriends him. Eight year old Neville, who counts stars and steps and grains of sand, is the first to notice that the red beach hut is occupied again. Abbott is on the run after a disturbing cyber attack. Their fleeting friendship, played out on the margins of sea and shore, brings the honesty and compassion both seek. But others watch, judge and misinterpret what they see while Abbot’s past runs at their heels.

An evocative portrayal of two outsiders who find companionship and solace on a lonely beach. This novel is about the labels we give people who are different and the harm that ensues.

With poetic, melodious prose, and with rhythms that illustrate Lynn Michell’s assurance as a writer, the narrative moves back and forth between characters, as well as across the ebbs and flows of time and timelessness.
— Joyce Goodman, author and Professor of History of Education

The Red Beach Hut is a compassionate exploration of the complexity of human relationships, a loving ode to the restorative power of friendship and an incisive commentary on the dark desire to label each other and the harm which can result from our misinterpretation.
– Megan Kenny, Disclaimer Magazine

ISBN: 978-1908600677
Published: October 4th, 2017

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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:

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“We live in polarised, paranoid times, suspicious about anything that departs from the norm. We are lucky to have writers like Lynn Michell to remind us that even here, even now, it is possible for the lonely and excluded to connect. It is rare to find such beauty and language as crisp and refreshing as the seaside it so powerfully evokes.”
— Maureen Freely, President of English PEN, novelist, translator and activist

“From the first pages of this novel, Michell sets up an atmosphere of such convincing threat that the reader’s expectations are on red alert.”
— Jenny Garrod. DURA. Dundee University Review of the Arts.

“Lynn Michell writes a beautifully innocent and endearing tale twisted by the tainted gaze of society’s perverse darkness….She presents the reader with the delicate and fragile moments in which one reveals oneself to another and hopes that that this vulnerability will be met with compassion.”
— Isabelle Coy-Dibley for The Contemporary Small Press.

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