‘We need the courage to choose ourselves’ W. H. Auden
It’s early summer when a young poet, Dora Fielding, moves to Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland and her hopes are first challenged. Newly married, pregnant, she’s excited by the prospect of a life that combines family and creativity. She thinks she knows what being a person, a wife, a mother, means. She is soon shown that she is wrong. As the battle begins for her very sense of self, Dora comes to find the realities of small town life suffocating, and, eventually, terrifying; until she finds a way to escape reality altogether.
“This is a mysterious, wondrous and captivating book” – Louis de Bernières
“I truly adored this novel. A beautiful, meandering and poetic story” – Nina Pottell, Prima
“A beautiful debut novel about a woman’s struggle with isolation and sanity woven into the story of the poet W.H. Auden” – Frances Gertler, Foyles