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The Glass Girl

"A funny, energetic novel, full of treats." Celebrated novelist, Tessa Hadley.

Written and set in Bristol in the early noughties, this is a period piece, a bittersweet comedy.

Annabel Waites, expert collector and passionate lover of historic glass, known since childhood as 'the glass girl', has reached her very late thirties (thirty-twelve) when much to her sisters' surprise and disapproval she abandons a childless nine-year relationship to start a family with another man. Unfortunately she hasn't met another man. So begins her hunt for the perfect mate and father. In the midst of this pursuit, she is asked to provide accommodation for the eldest of her nieces. The glass girl discovers that, unlike her precious ornaments and vessels, she is neither cool nor collected.







How To Make Life Nice

"A compelling examination of love, loss and family ties... beautiful, assured, lyrical... complex, ambitious and clever." Journalist and academic Charlie Lee-Potter

This is a novel, sparkling with gems of self-help wisdom, category: literary fiction, contemporary, humour, psychological, mystery with parts historical and parts hysterical. A coming of middle-age tragicomedy in which our empty-nesting, partnerless, parentless, jobless but resolutely cheerful heroine has to confront the awful truth that life isn't always nice and being nice doesn't always work.
The family home has to be sold - a flat full of boxes, a garden choked with ivy. Contrary to her brother Will's advice, Georgina proposes to sort it all out by herself. She has underestimated the power of the past. Buried alone with 200 years' worth of accumulated stuff - letters, photographs, odds, sods and bits and bobs - she loses touch with the present and her own world begins to dissolve.

Set in contemporary Bristol, and Stratford-upon-Avon during the summer of '76.