Wild Thing by Joolz Denby

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Denby's hair-raising novel manifests our most primordial fears in an authentic contemporary setting.
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Annie Wynter is back in Bradford after decades away. Determined that the traumas of her past - the loss of an unborn child, the abrupt departure of the love of her life - will remain hidden in her hometown, she reinvents herself as a social worker. Not such a far cry from her former profession as a London record company executive in some ways, she still ministers to self-destructive drug- and alcohol-fuelled teens. Then a series of events shatter her hard-fought existence. A TV report relays the death of her lost lover, Johnny X. A client, teenage mother Sam Jagger, loses her three-year-old son Jake while out drinking and the tabloids descend, lured by the prophecies of Sam's soothsaying mother. What has happened to Jake is worse than anyone can imagine, as Annie discovers when she is called out to a remote smallholding on the moors, where she comes face to face with something straight from folklore. Denby's hair-raising novel manifests our most primordial fears in an authentic contemporary setting.
 

About Joolz Denby

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Joolz Denby was born in 1955 in the North of England. She married an outlaw biker at 19. She regularly tours with cult underground band New Model Army and is an internationally respected spoken word artist and illustrator. Her novel Billie Morgan was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction.
 
Published October 23, 2012 by Ignite Books. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Cathi Unsworth on Apr 17 2012

Denby's hair-raising novel manifests our most primordial fears in an authentic contemporary setting.

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