‘I'm afraid we didn't tell you the truth’
Shortlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award 2017
Winner of Triskele Books Big 5 competition 2016
'A fresh and highly compelling novel in a beautiful setting...uplifting, empowering, exquisite.' Debi Alper, author of the London noir Nirvana novels.
TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD Wyn Parry-Jones craves love and security but her burn scars and anxiety have left her unstable and unable to do the naked thing.
Wyn leaves London for the sanctuary of her Godless-mother Edith’s New Zealand smallholding with no plan other than to pick apples and go with the flow. Almost immediately, Wyn suspects hard-drinking Edith is not who she claims to be.
Despite struggling with the demands of rural work, Wyn bonds with the farm’s misfits and loners, and grows increasing close to Sara, Edith’s enigmatic and ambitious beekeeper.
But when it becomes clear that Edith has been instrumental in covering up the truth about Wyn’s traumatic past, Wyn’s fragile sense of self begins to unravel.
And when the farm is shattered by a double tragedy, Wyn must find a way to live with the most shocking of truths, or lose all that she has just become able to love.
Photo on the left is from the wonderful people at Manchester Metropolitan University at the Fiction Prize Award Ceremony, November 2016.