On an East Coast island, full of tall pine moaning with sea gusts, Delilah moves into a cottage by the shore. Across the driveway lives a man who never goes out. Delilah knows he’s watching her too and she likes the look of him, but perhaps life is too complicated already…
One day, during a school field trip, Pepper is kidnapped by a stranger and driven to rural Arkansas. The man, who calls himself ‘Uncle Dan’, claims that Pepper’s mother has died and they are to live together from now on – but the boy isn’t convinced.
Nicholas Anderton is a highly respected neurosurgeon at the top of his field. But behind the successful façade all is not well. Tormented by a toxic marriage and haunted by past mistakes, Anderton has been eating to forget. His wife, meanwhile, has turned to drink.
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‘I was given one of the novellas from the Fairlight Moderns collection to take home from LBF – Travelling in the Dark by Emma Timpany – and really enjoyed it. They are great for a train journey, plus they’re the perfect size for your bag.’
-Helene Hewett, owner of The Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham
‘The new Fairlight Moderns are beautifully packaged, pocket-sized classics – perfect as a gift or a treat for yourself.’
-Sarah Dennis, owner of Mostly Books, Abingdon
‘I’ve shown them to the team and selected regular customers and we all agree they are very attractive and look like being great reads.’
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‘Loved Inside the Bone Box, the visual imagery is excellent, and as a radiographer before bookselling I really appreciated the fine details of neurosurgery. Plus delighted it’s a novella, and would fit in even a small handbag!’
– Georgia Duffy, owner of Imagined Things, Harrogate