The Empty Hearth
'Dad loves Mum - loves her to the point of obsession. He's jealous when she shows us any affection.'Set in Battersea in the Fifties and Sixties, the Pratchett family have to contend with coalman Alfie Pratchett's obsessive jealousy. Although Alfie is a bully, his two teenage children, John and Millie, have learned to dodge him and his moods. The main concern of ugly duckling Millie - who looks nothing like her handsome brother John - is to protect their mum, Eileen.When a serious crisis occurs at the Pratchetts' home, Alfie is forced to watch his whole world gradually collapse around him. Their old life has gone forever, and a new one has begun - one in which rape, debt, alcoholism and insanity play their parts. And redemption is a long time coming.Kitty Neale is a storyteller of rare power, unafraid to uncover the dark secrets that lie behind the well-scrubbed doorsteps of family homes.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 152 x 232 x 26mm | 522g
- 01 Apr 2006
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
A good read. * WESTERN DAILY PRESS, 14 Jan * Gritty... Neale makes Cookson's earthiest stories look a little tame. * PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH, 28 Jan * A gritty tale * BELLA * Kitty Neale has proved herself to be a storyteller of rare power who is unafraid to uncover the dark secrets of family homes... Neale goes to the heart of a troubled family with a deft touch and a powerful insight. * WIGAN EVENING POST, 14 Jan *
About Kitty Neale
Kitty Neale (real name Brenda Warren) was brought up in Battersea and now lives in Spain. She started writing after working as a bereavement counsellor which she took up after the death of her son.