Coming of age in rural England in the eighties is far from straightforward for Kate Happy, in a hilarious, highly-praised debut novel of family, secrets and dead ancestors in the attic.
Gran has been homesick for Coney Island for thirty-eight years, hating her husband but determinedly donning her best pink Chanel suit and high heels to step out into the muck-splattered farmyard.
Grandpa is bonkers, an ex-naval Captain who wanders round the house shouting sea-faring commands.
Mum's gone AWOL since she ran over Kate's dad in her soft-top Triumph Spitfire. And are those really Dad's ashes in a Hellmann's mayonnaise jar in the attic?
Crackling with the darkest of dark humour, brimming with crazy ancestors and closely guarded secrets, HAPPY ACCIDENTS is a wonderful first novel that confirms Tiffany Murray as a rising star of British fiction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/08/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007183678