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