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The Mother of Invention

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November 18th, 1987. Abigail, a mother of two, is making her way home to North London from a day's work at Selfridges. At King's Cross, she gets caught up in a horrendous fire that kills 31 and injures 100. She escapes physically unscathed but disorientated, and, desperate to get home to her children - nine-year-old Robert and six-month-old Samantha - she slips away from the rescue staff and begins an odyssey that instead takes her farther from home.

The farther she gets, the freer she feels; the longer she's away, the harder it becomes to return. Thirty years pass, and Robert and Samantha (now Summer) chance upon a sketch of the two of them in the window of a bric-a-brac shop in a rundown seaside town in Lincolnshire. It does not take them time to locate the picture's previous owner, living in an isolated cottage. Their mother.

A heartwarming and heartbreaking exploration of family from Jem Lester, author of Shtum.

©2018 Jem Lester (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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