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Helen Walsh was born in Warrington in 1977 and moved to Barcelona at the age of sixteen. Working as a fixer in the red light district, she saved enough money to put herself through language school. Burnt out and broke, she returned to England a year later and now works with socially excluded teenagers in North Liverpool.
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A racy read, ideal for a holiday, which is where it’s set. Almost claustrophobically focused on Jenn, her husband Greg, step-daughter Emma and Nathan, the 17 year old temptation with whom Jenn becomes obsessed. There are moments which are barely plausible and the ending is a little frustratingly cliffhangered but it’s a sexy darkly fascinating exploration of the all too often taboo subject of older women’s sexuality. Short and full of lust, it would evoke interesting discussions within a reading group.
Award winner at the Somerset Maugham Awards 2009. A stunning novel set in the 1970’s and 80’s covering a myriad of social topics from mixed race marriage, homosexuality, drugs, race, family relations. We begin with a story of love and hope but the dream soon falters under the stresses and strains brought on my a society that is not accepting to anything against the ‘norm’. Although perhaps a bleak novel it is totally absorbing and an honest look at a time that although holds fond memories for a lot of us was also a time of hardship for many.