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Tiffany Murray studied at UEA, and has taught Creative Writing there, and at universities of Bath, Manchester, Arvon and, most recently, Wales. Her first novel, Happy Accidents, was also shortlisted for the Bollinger/Wodehouse Prize, and in 2005 she received an Arts Council Award. She lives in the Welsh Marches.
Author photo © C Fritz Fryer
This delightful, clever, heartfelt book was selected by both the Guardian and The Hay Book Festival as one to watch when it was released in hardback in 2010. Now in paperback it’s still as delightful and now much better value. There are characters here you'll love and together with the emotional drama and humour you'll be glued to the pages. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face - make sure it’s on your reading list this year.
Coming of age in rural England in the eighties is far from straightforward for Kate Happy, in a hilarious, highly-praised debut novel of family, secrets and dead ancestors in the attic. Gran has been homesick for Coney Island for thirty-eight years, hating her husband but determinedly donning her best pink Chanel suit and high heels to step out into the muck-splattered farmyard. Grandpa is bonkers, an ex-naval Captain who wanders round the house shouting sea-faring commands. Mum's gone AWOL since she ran over Kate's dad in her soft-top Triumph Spitfire. And are those really Dad's ashes in a Hellmann's mayonnaise jar in the attic? Crackling with the darkest of dark humour, brimming with crazy ancestors and closely guarded secrets, HAPPY ACCIDENTS is a wonderful first novel that confirms Tiffany Murray as a rising star of British fiction.