Astonishing Splashes of Colour
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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2003
When an innocent trip to Peter Pan gives Kitty’s four brothers an excuse to deny her access to her much-loved nieces, she finds herself in a skewed, vividly coloured world where children become emblems of hope and longing and grief. Still reeling from the loss of her own “child that never was”, Kitty is suddenly made shockingly aware of the real reason for her pervasive sense of “non-existence”. Suddenly, her family’s oddness, the secrets of her mother’s life and death, and the disappearance of her sister come into a new focus, as Kitty struggles for her own identity.
"An extremely good first novel about loss, particularly lost children"The Guardian
"Deceptively simple, subtly observed, with a plot that drags you forward like a strong current."Daily Mail
"A wonderful piece of writing - it is astonishing that she has never been published before"John Carey, Chair of the Man Booker Prize