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Astonishing Splashes of Colour


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The debut novel that catapulted Clare Morrall on to the Booker shortlist, a compelling and affecting tale of a woman whose longing to have children and for the mother she never knew leads her into serious trouble. .

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Clare Morrall was born in Exeter and now lives in Birmingham. She works as a music teacher, and has two daughters. Her first novel, ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR, was published in 2003 by Tindal Street Press and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She has since published four novels: NATURAL FLIGHTS OF THE HUMAN MIND, which is being adapted for a film, THE LANGUAGE OF OTHERS, THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED, which was a TV Book Club Summer read in 2010 and THE ROUNDABOUT MAN. Her next novel, AFTER THE BOMBING, will be published by Sceptre in 2014.


Astonishing Splashes of Colour is not a showy book, but it is extremely well written and compulsively readable. At her very first attempt, Morrall has written a genuinely solid and satisfying work of fiction, skilfully plotted and fielding a cast of fully realised and individualised characters. More, please. - The Sunday TimesThis is a novel that never puts a foot wrong, despite a storyline that takes some surprising twists and turns. It is confident, astute and moving...Morrall reveals [Kitty's] mystery artfully and convincingly, telling a story that is shocking, heart-stopping and completely absorbing. - ObserverAn extremely good first novel: deceptively simple, subtly observed, with a plot that drags you along like a strong current. - Daily MailFresh, frightening and raw. There's nothing in the least depressing about this nevertheless sad story, certainly nothing remotely sentimental. - Margaret Forster

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