A contemporary Whistle Down The Wind, this is the story of a man and a boy who find a quiet joy in each another’s company on a lonely beach. But the past, always running at their heels, closes in on them as the narrative builds to its inevitable, tense and chilling climax.
A mesmerising and scary account of a family of three who cross the Atlantic in their blue boat Scarlet. The four week journey is recounted by the skipper (wind, sails, Puluwat Islanders) and his wife (diminishing supplies, blue eggs, bruises, jellyfish). Is this the same trip? External and internal journeys criss-cross as Scarlet sails on across 3000 miles of ocean.
White Lies is a book about different kinds of war and different kinds of loving. It explores the fragility and partiality of memory and our need to re-write the past so that it does not jar with the stories we tell ourselves.
An accurate, honest, heart-felt account of what life is like with this poorly understood illness. Lynn Michell moves between her own ’still life’ with M.E. and the halted lives of thirty other men, women and young people. Disturbing, upsetting but also offering hope.
A Stranger at My Table: Women Write about Mothering Adolescents
as Helen Braid
The Women’s Press, 1997
Following on from Letters To My Semi-detached Son, mothers confess all about their adolescent offspring in these funny, despairing, bemused, harrowing memoirs. You’ll empathise and sympathise, laugh and cry, as women describe how they try to hang on to their sanity and restore equilibrium in their families.
In this heart-wrenching fictionalised autobiography, the truth about relationships between mothers and troublesome teenage sons emerges at last… the seeming impossibility of it all and the real and often dangerous problems faced by mothers with difficult adolescents in increasingly turbulent times.
A first account of children as passive smokers. It tells in their own words — funny, provocative and moving — how they accept or reject what is still a normal part of everyday life in many families: smoking.
An illustrated writing scheme for primary school children. Six pupils’ books and two teachers’ books to help children become competent writers. The books break away from traditional, narrow teaching methods and redefine writing as everything from a list to a letter to a project. The purpose is to make writing a challenge — and make it fun.