This unsparing debut novel portrays the unromantic side of Cornwall few visitors see and which so many novelists choose to overlook. Charlie Carroll inhabits his damaged heroine so completely, and with so little trace of first-novel-ego that I can't wait to see what he writes next; I suspect his publishers have backed a winner.
Atmospheric, haunting writing, a heroine you instantly love.
Viscerally described... I'm still thinking about it.
[Melody Janie's] life weaves intimately close to this place, vesting a lyrical magic over these weather-beaten landscapes.
A novel as much about isolation as it is grief, mental health and enforced change, it builds to a moving conclusion with a mighty twist. With The Lip now added to his repertoire, Carroll is proving to be very much like a modern-day Orwell, with social awareness and humanity at the core of what he writes.