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Remembering not to breathe

Five stories by Man Booker Shortlisted Clare Morrall, and Alex Morrall

A schoolgirl who escapes the confusion of the playground to play with circuit boards; a man who hoardes books convinced that there will be an impending disaster…

In these five pensive short stories, the Morrall’s take moments of many different lives to reveal the thinking of others.

 

 

HELEN AND THE GRANDBEES

‘Uplifting’ Daily Mail
‘Breathtaking’ Awais Khan

 

Forgetting your past is one thing, but living with your present is entirely different.

Twenty years ago, Helen is forced to give up her newborn baby, Lily. Now living alone in her small flat, there is a knock at the door and her bee, her Lily, is standing in front of her.

Reuniting means the world to them both, but Lily has questions. Lots of them. Questions that Helen is unwilling to answer. In turn Helen watches helplessly as her headstrong daughter launches from relationship to relationship, from kind Andrew, the father of her daughter, to violent Kingsley who fathers her son.

When it’s clear her grandbees are in danger, tangled up in her daughter’s damaging relationship, Helen must find the courage to step in, confronting the fears that haunt her the most.

Helen, Ruth and One Bee

A short story of Helen’s life…

I reluctantly moved this section of Helen and the Grandbees, in the interest of taking Helen to her redemption more quickly… but I’ve always been sad to lose these extra glimpses of the grandbees, and the full explanation of why Helen starts accepting Lily is really Ingrid

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