Book of the Year - Financial Times 2010
Shortlisted - Waverton Good Read Award 2010
Shortlisted - Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award 2011
Against the vividly described background of 1980s rural Kent, this moving portrait of a father-son relationship shifts effortlessly between evoking the terrors and joys of adolescence and the complicated pleasure and pain of being an adult.
"A warm coming-of-age story that tackles family relationships, secrets, belonging and self-acceptance... moving and beautiful." - Coventry Telegraph
Ellis is obsessed by the spiders that inhabit the crumbling house where he lives with his dad, his older sister and great-aunt Mafi – and also by a need to find out more about his mother, whose death overshadows the family’s otherwise happy existence.
From early attempts at relationships, to unskilled jobs, flatshares and drug-addled nights on the beach, Ellis muddles his way towards adulthood. Meanwhile Denny, an ex-Merchant Navy man, bottles up his grief at the loss of his wife, refusing to talk about her.
"This engaging coming-of-age novel highlights how death, grief and secrets can tear a father and son apart, and how a finely spun thread of love, mutual understanding and acceptance can bring them together again." - Guide2Nottingham
eBook: 368 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (8 Apr. 2010)