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“A beautifully written book which cleverly blurs fantasy and realism.” – David Mitchell, Daily Mail

When Annette Clifford returns to her childhood home on the edge of Morecambe Bay, she despairs: the long-empty house is crumbling, undermined by two voracious sycamores. What she doesn’t realise is that she’s not alone: her arrival has woken the spirits of her parents, who anxiously watch over her, longing to make amends. Because as the past comes back to Jack and Netty, they begin to see the summer of 1963 clearly, when Netty was desperately ill and a stranger moved in: charismatic, mercurial Timothy Richardson, with his seemingly miraculous powers of healing.

“A disturbing, precisely rendered tale of charisma, misplaced faith and transgenerational trauma, with a touch of the supernatural . . . it brings to mind the claustrophobic, suburban world of Dennis Potter’s great play¬†Brimstone and Treacle.” – Spectator

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