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When his grandmother dies, and his grandfather is removed to a home, fifteen-year-old Danny determines to look after their elderly pig and ramshackle garden. Here, on the ragged edge of a blighted new town, Danny and his Indian girlfriend Surinder create a fragile haven from the enclosing world of racist neighbours and stifling families, a summer’s refuge from the precariousness of their future.

Reviews

A coming-of-age story as strange and surprising, in its way, as THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
New York Times
The detail is immaculately recorded; the effect is heartbreaking
The Sunday Times
[A] wholly satisfying book, quietly beautiful and inescapably ominous
Observer
Beautifully evoked . . . Cowan writes with a deceptive simplicity
The Times
A wonderful first novel
Daily Telegraph