Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall

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Taking its title from a description of Peter Pan's Neverland, Astonishing Splashes of Colour follows the life of Kitty, a woman who, in a sense, has never grown up. As her moods swing dramatically from high to low, they are illuminated by an unusual ability to interpret people and emotions through colour.

Kitty struggles to come to terms with her life, including the loss of her mother, a miscarriage, and an unconventional marriage to her husband, who lives in the apartment next door. And when her father and brothers reveal a family secret long hidden, it overwhelms Kitty's tenuous hold on reality and propels her on an impetuous journey to the brink of madness.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

 

About Clare Morrall

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Clare Morrall is coauthor of A Booker Prize Trio and author of The Language of Others.
 
Published September 7, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As she tries to retrace her steps, to construct the story of her life, to find out more about the other significant loss in her life - her mother, who died in a car crash when she was three - her four brothers and painter father seem unable or unwilling to help.

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Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall (Tindal Street Press, £7.99) Kitty sees the mums waiting outside the school gate, where she lingers uselessly for her own lost child, as yellow - the colour of optimism.

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Morrall artfully reveals the true story of Kitty's family in a suspenseful plot that unfolds like layers of an onion, meanwhile providing a convincing portrait of a woman striving for emotional survival.

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Kitty Wellington, a children’s book reviewer, lost her mother when she was three.

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Sambrook picks up on the little things a child might notice under such circumstances, the way his parents stop caring about their appearance or cooking him his favourite meals, and she very sensitively imagines the way parents might relate to their remaining son after such a huge loss.

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Peter Straker lives in silent penance on the Devon coast in an old lighthouse, kept company only by his two cats and the seventy-eight voices he hears in his mind and dreams.

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