Miranda Road, Heather Reyes, Oxygen Books
Born in England to an American soldier, Georgina Hardiman can't wait to escape her step-family. She has big plans for her life ... but she never does make it to Katmandu. The only journey she makes is from street-fighting 1968 Paris to a small flat in London's Archway.
As a single mother, Georgina tries to make the best life she can for her daughter and herself in Mrs Thatcher's Britain. But Eloisa has her own ideas about what she wants from life ... starting with a father.
Miranda Road is a bitter-sweet and wonderfully witty meditation on the various kinds of love and the difficulty of freeing ourselves from the past.
'Rich, poetic, painterly, wise and tender' Maggie Gee
'Hugely readable and quietly profound ... both lyrical and deeply moving' Beatrice Colin
Heather Reyes is the editor of Oxygen Books' acclaimed city-pick series of urban travel guides and the author of Zade, longlisted for the Prince Maurice Prize, and two books on reading: An Everywhere: a little book about reading ('Brilliant' Helen Dunmore) and Bookworms, Dog-Ears & Squashy Big Armchairs: A Book Lover's Alphabet.(Reader's Digest Book of the Month). Her debut collection of short stories, Talking it over with Genghis Khan, is published on October 8.
Heather Reyes and Penny Hancock will be discussing their books and experiences of writing fiction at the Archway with Words book festival on Saturday 10 October, 2015, 1.30pm, £5.00 redeemable on book price, Worship Centre Methodist Church, Archway Road, London N19 3TD. www.archwaywithwords.com