The mesmerising new novel from the winner of the Costa Short Story Award is a joy to read. Set in modern-day London and Dorset, this is a novel about life, death and unlikely friendships, with a generous dose of eccentric spiritualists, twisted comedy, saints and sinners.

Maud Drennan – underpaid carer and unintentional psychic – is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her.With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal’s decades-old hostility, and the strange activities of the house itself. And if someone has hidden a secret there, how far will they go to ensure it remains buried?

An absolute joy to read from start to finish, highly entertaining, humorous and moving with a good dash of magical realism this is storytelling at it’s best.

9781782118497/Canongate/£14.99

 

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