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Pictures of Lily by Matthew Yorke
  

Pictures of Lily

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A young girl trying to find her birth parents and dealing with the normal teenage worries and experiences. We venture in to Georgia’s world of clubs and drugs and relationships and her struggles to find where she belongs. An edgy, contemporary story.

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Pictures of Lily by Matthew Yorke

'I am going to find my parents...if I don't track them down I'll be one of the unlucky ones'. So writes seventeen-year-old Lily Myers, for whom, adopted at birth, there are so many unanswered questions. Who are her biological parents? Does she have brothers and sisters? Where else might she have lived had if she not been given away? Most pressing is the simplest question of all: 'Why was I given up?' In Lily's case there is refuge in melody. It's in the dub venues of the north of England, in the fizzing bass lines, the buzz of static. Here is the volume to quell the doubts, the fears, even the truth. Yet these melodies have the power to suggest possibilities of their own - not least when coupled with Ayahuasca, a visionary plant used by Amazonian shamans as a vehicle to commune with the spirit world, a world where there can be no secrets. Hitherto Lily's quest has been confined to this psychic plane, transcending space and time to communicate with spirits so real they are real, gathering from them clues about her past, her people. It has been at perilous cost to her mental health. Now, at eighteen, her birth certificate and adoption file are hers for the taking. But will the journey end there? Indeed can she ever come to understand the true significance of 'finding my parents'?

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Praise for Matthew Yorke's previous novel The March Fence :

'This is a novel which throbs with life and wonder at the manifold varieties of experience...The talent for writing novels may be hard to define, yet it is unmistakable when encountered...is the real thing...the best first novel that I have read in a long time' - Alan Massie.

'A most impressive debut' - Elaine Feinstein, The Times.

'Distinctive, energetic...the narrative takes a real grip' - Hilary Mantel, Daily Telegraph.

About the Author

Matthew Yorke was born in 1958 and works in Leeds as an engineer. he is the author of The March Fence, for which he won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the critically acclaimed Chancing It. He also edited Surviving: The Uncollected Works of Henry Green.

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Publication date

19th August 2010

Author

Matthew Yorke

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Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
NewGen - YA Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781849014120

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