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When Owen and Jan take their three children on holiday in North Wales their life as a family is already unravelling. As relationships are made and broken a carefully pieced patchwork of events unfolds; seen from the different perspectives of parents and children, each sealed in with their own perceptions.
Years pass and the family meet again on holiday in South Wales. There are different partners and family secrets have been unearthed, but there are resolutions still to be negotiated.
"The spirit of the book is a resilient dark comedy rather than tragedy – and when from time to time real things get said, and get heard, the effect is convincing and moving. The writing is careful, alert and subtle... Ambitious and sophisticated."
Shelagh Weeks has worked in many jobs, including as a market stall seller in Cambridge and in community education. She currently lives in Cardiff with her partner and children and works as a lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff University. She also writes short stories and her award winning story Mint Sauce won the Cinnamon Press short story prize in 2007 and was published as the title piece in an anthology.