It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new-found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer. As with SOME KIND OF FAIRY TALE, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power. With beautiful prose, wonderful characters and a perfect evocation of time and place, this is a novel that transcends the boundaries between the everyday and the supernatural while celebrating the power of both.
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Not only is this novel a fabulous evocation of the sweltering, endless summer of 1976 and the fag-end of the British holiday camp era, it is also a rights of passage novel and a wonderfully moving exploration of guilt, forgiveness and redemption. THE LADY Graham Joyce's The Year of the Ladybird showed that he is one of the best writers of ghost stories we have. -- Adam Roberts The Guardian
About Graham Joyce
Graham Joyce is the award-winning author of numerous short story collections and novels, including The Tooth Fairy, Smoking Poppy, The Facts of Life, The Limits of Enchantment, The Silent Land, Some Kind of Fairy Tale and The Year of the Ladybird. He won the British Fantasy Award six times, and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2003 for The Facts of Life. He also won the O Henry Award. In addition to his own writing, he taught a writing course at Nottingham Trent University. He died in September 2014.
The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce
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