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‘An extraordinary level of emotion brought on by some superb storytelling.’ The Cult Den

A single mother’s life pirouettes out of control

Little pigs have big ears. And even bigger imaginations. At six years old, Belinda Brabbage has amassed a wealth of wisdom and secret worries. She knows where to hide in Worlds End, how to zap monsters with her pig-shaped torch and why never to accept a lift from a stranger – even if he does offer Fizzy Fish.

She works things out for herself as Mummy doesn’t like to be plagued with questions. But when Mummy isn’t concentrating, she drops nuggets of information. Belinda collects every single one, sure that a pattern will emerge to tell her how she fits in. It’s only a matter of time.

Time is Alison’s enemy. A struggling single mother trying to change her life, she watches her self-imposed ultimatums slip by. Day to day, hand to mouth, they survive. But there is one clock she cannot re-set. Belinda is growing up. Soon she’ll recognise the prima ballerina in the scrapbook. She’ll understand who her mother could have been, what she does now and why she has so many ‘uncles’.

With options running out, Alison consults a blind clairvoyant, whose visions of pelicans and bookshelves appear to herald change. A chance meeting with an affluent couple affords a glimpse of the life Alison desperately wants for her daughter. But can their offer of friendship be trusted?

This unflinching novel of a desperate mother’s choices is populated with flawed human beings, beneath whose tumultuous lives lie deeply buried secrets.

 

Praise for An Unchoreographed Life

‘Davis also has an incredible knack for making everything count. Each moment in every chapter had meaning, was meant to be there, and was strong even if I didn’t know it at the time.’ Annie McCracken, Goodreads

‘… a brilliant novel with some wonderful characters, unusual in its subject matter.’ Amazon reviewer

‘I felt it had something of a feel of Joanna Trollope about it and would appeal to a range of readers interested in traditional and non-traditional families and life paths.’ Liz Broomfield

‘Beautifully written and so thought provoking, Alison and Belinda will stay with you long after you reach the final page.’ Louise Voss

‘Jane isn’t afraid to get stuck into some meaty themes and present her characters with thought-provoking emotional dilemmas.’ Sharon Avidreader

‘Jane is an excellent storyteller and writes very unusual tales that are hard to put down.’ -Sue Darnell

‘This author never fails to make you think about wider issues.’ -MIF

‘Clever stories, brilliantly told.’ -Sarah Diss

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Publication Details:

Published: 20 April 2014
Publisher: Jane Davis
Book Type: Book
Book Format: Paperback/Kindle Edition/epub/mobi
ISBN 10: 149731433X
ISBN 13: 978-1497314337
Kindle ASIN: B00JV14ZJQ

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