Smash all the Windows
It has taken conviction to right the wrongs.
It will take courage to learn how to live again.
‘A dazzling high wire walk through interwoven strands balanced so carefully you know you’ll never fall.’ Dan Holloway, novelist, poet and spoken word artist
For the families of the victims of the St Botolph and Old Billingsgate disaster, the undoing of a miscarriage of justice should be a cause for rejoicing. For more than thirteen years, the search for truth has eaten up everything. Marriages, families, health, careers and finances.
Finally, the coroner has ruled that the crowd did not contribute to their own deaths. Finally, now that lies have been unravelled and hypocrisies exposed, they can all get back to their lives.
If only it were that simple.
Tapping into the issues of the day, Davis delivers a highly charged work of metafiction, a compelling testament to the human condition and the healing power of art.
Written with immediacy, style and an overwhelming sense of empathy, Smash all the Windows will be enjoyed by readers of How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall and How to be Both by Ali Smith.
‘Just fricking perfect. An all-round triumph.’ John Hudspith
‘This is an astounding read. I was completely captivated.’ Liz Carr
‘This fictional disaster echoes with real emotions. I read it twice and believed every word.’ J J Marsh
‘Jane Davis has quickly become one of my favourite authors and this book confirms exactly why!’ Bronwyn Kotze
Cover design by Andrew Candy based on original artwork by Vasyl Helevachuk and Elegeyda @ Dreamstime and Borchee @ iStock.
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