About this book
This poignant novel is about a fleeting friendship between a boy and a man on a tired English beach. This deceptively simple story line brings in its wake a subtle commentary about our society’s growing intolerance to outsiders. Set at the time of the 2015 general election, compassion, honesty and consolation are drawn against bigotry, prejudice and ignorance. Neville, who counts steps and stars and grains of sand, is a boy you will take into your heart.
About the author
Lynn Michell has published 14 books including Write From the Start, an illustrated writing scheme for schools, Shattered, an acclaimed account of what it is like to live with ME, two books about mothering adolescents published by The Women’s Press, and three novels, White Lies, runner-up for the Robert Louis Stevenson award, Run, Alice, Run and The Red Beach Hut. She also runs Linen Press, the only independent women’s press in the UK.
“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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