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A wonderfully gritty- heart-warming novel in the vein of Maureen Lee from the author of OUTCAST CHILDDad loves Mum - loves her to the point of obsession. Hes jealous when she shows us any affection.Set in Battersea in the Fifties and Sixties- the Pratchett family have to contend with coalman Alfie Pratchetts obsessive jealousy. Although Alfie is a bully- his two teenage children- John and Millie- have learned to dodge him and his moods. The main concern of ugly duckling Millie - who looks nothing like her handsome brother John - is to protect their mum- Eileen.When a serious crisis occurs at the Pratchetts home- Alfie is forced to watch his whole world gradually collapse around him. Their old life has gone forever- and a new one has begun - one in which rape- debt- alcoholism and insanity play their parts. And redemption is a long time coming?Kitty Neale is a storyteller of rare power- unafraid to uncover the dark secrets that lie behind the well-scrubbed doorsteps of family homes.... Please click here to ask a question
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