Melissa Harrison Clay

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Eight-year-old TC skips school to explore the city's overgrown, forgotten corners. Sophia, seventy-eight, watches with concern as he slips past her window, through the little park she loves. She's writing to her granddaughter, Daisy, whose privileged upbringing means she exists in a different world from TC - though the two children live less than a mile apart. Jozef spends his days doing house clearances, his nights working in a takeaway. He can't forget the farm he left behind in Poland, its woods and fields still a part of him, although he is a thousand miles away. When he meets TC he finds a kindred spirit: both lonely, both looking for something, both lost.

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Melissa Harrison is the author of the novels Clay and At Hawthorn Time, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize, and one work of non-fiction, Rain, which was longlisted forthe Wainwright Prize. She is a nature writer, critic and columnist for TheTimes, the Financial Times and the Guardian, among others. Her new novel All Among the Barley is due for publication in August this year. @M_Z_Harrison

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In this graceful and poignant debut novel, Londoner Melissa Harrison weaves together the lonely and isolated lives of four people, two adults and two children, whose lives intersect around a ragged, neglected patchwork of urban green space—a wedge of a park, an overgrown common bisected by railway tracks. We meet Sophia, the confident yet self-consciously declining grandmother, holding out in a run-down housing estate, who cares for the decrepit park while trying to inspire her granddaughter Sophia to break free from her upper-middle-class overscheduled day to appreciate the natural world; TC, a resourceful but stunted boy of nine, who retreats into his “secret garden” to escape the chaos of home life; and, most interestingly, Jozef, a dislocated Polish immigrant, adrift in the seedy, fast-food filled streets of London, who finds purpose and, eventually, solace in befriending TC and a neglected dog. The slow buildup of trust and dependence between Jozef and TC, culminating in a predictable brush with the law, proves to be the most fully developed and moving element here. Although Harrison’s great love for nature shines in her beautiful descriptions of how even the most humble green spaces supply succor to the shamed and disconnected, these lovely and leisurely meditations occasionally disrupt the narrative flow and character development. --Jonathan Schwartz

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