13-year-old Jake’s world is unravelling as his father leaves home, and his mother plunges into alcoholic freefall.
When his parents reconcile, life finally seems to be looking up. A family holiday, announced over scampi and chips in the Royal Oak, promises to be the icing on the cake – until long-unspoken secrets begin to surface. Vividly bringing to life the gentility of a 1950s childhood, the free-spirited hedonism of the Sixties, and the urban domesticity of 1980s Portsmouth, this is an intimate, lyrical and deeply moving portrait of a family crumbling under the weight of past mistakes.
An extract from Glasshopper won the 2008 Mail on Sunday Novel Competition (Fay Weldon and Sir John Mortimer).
‘A disturbing, thought-provoking tale of family dysfunction that guarantees laughter at the uncomfortable familiarity of it all’ – Juliet Nicolson, London Evening Standard Best Books of Year
‘Intelligent, understated and sensitive’ – Observer Best Debuts of the Year
‘An incredibly powerful, intense book – very, very real’ – Simon Mayo Book Club, Radio 5 Live