The neatness after the tragedy. The emptied room and crisp cleaned sheets.
Bernie is plunged into turmoil when her step-brother is born, too vulnerable to leave; too vulnerable to risk loving. And she is confused when she falls in love in with mosaicist Robin, his soulful artworks and tales of Ethiopia.
All this, because a family tragedy has left her resolved to remain adrift from emotional attachment.
Against her own instincts, she pushes her father away to his new wife and she pushes Robin away into the arms of a mutual friend. But as she reaches the pinnacle of her desired isolation she realises she might have made a mistake. Can she learn to trust in a human connection that might just let her down?
From the coast to the vibrant London of the early 2000’s, follow Bernie’s journey choosing between love and isolation. CLICK below to make sure you get a discount on release:
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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