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The Red Beach Hut
Inspired Quill, 2017
The Red Beach Hut is about a fleeting, poignant relationship between a gay man on the run and a lonely boy. The backcloth is a tired English sea-side town, winding down for the winter. The time is the week before the 2015 general election when reports of child abuse, paedophilia and immigration dominate the news and the tabloids deliver soundbites of hatred. For two unconventional, troubled people, the beach hut is a brief haven and refuge away from social persecution.
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.
The prose is achingly, beautiful, doing perfect justice to the story… I doubt there can be a better, more poetic or lyrical writer when it comes to sea and shore and to the timelessness of being out on the water in a boat.
Lynn Michell writes a beautifully innocent and endearing tale twisted by the tainted gaze of society’s perverse darkness, as two lost souls find hope in their unlikely companionship amidst their separate turmoil.
— Isabelle Coy-Dibley, The Contemporary Small Press
The characterisation of Abbott and Neville is quite superb. Lynn Michell conjures up the somehow appealing desolation of a faded British seaside town. The opening paragraph is a tour de force. You want to jump right in.
— Howard Sergeant, Writer and Ghostwriter.
A convincing and compelling read. Neville’s thoughts and speech effortlessly reflect that of a young child. An incredibly consistent character.
— Lauren Parsons, Legend Press
From the first pages of this novel, Michell sets up an atmosphere of such convincing threat that the reader’s expectations are on red alert.
— Jenny Garrod, Dundee University Review of the Arts.
By touching chords of such tenderness and insight, Lynn Michell positions the simple inside truths of these two characters way above the exterior actions of the ‘authorities’. It would be a shame if this book were not widely read, as it has a profound message for the way we live.
Neville is so beautifully drawn on the page – he has his own particular way of looking at the world and despite his life so far his worldview is so simple and lovely I just wanted to give him a big hug and make everything better, and in many ways that is what Abbott is doing during the course of the story.