Ten years ago, two girls’ lives changed forever.
Now one of them is ready to tell their story.
'A quirky lovable mystery and a brilliant, heartbreaking debut' Stylist
'A new face of fiction [and] an original coming of age novel' Observer
The first memory I have of you is all knickers and legs. You had flipped yourself into a handstand and couldn’t get back down. We became best friends, racing slugs, pretending to be spies – all the things that children do.
Ten years later, eighteen-year-old Ravine Roy spends every day in her room. Completing crosswords and scribbling in her journal, she keeps the outside world exactly where she wants it; outside.
But as the real world begins to invade her carefully controlled space, she is forced to finally confront the questions she’s been avoiding. Who is her mother meeting in secret? Who has moved in next door?
And why, all those years ago, when two girls pulled on their raincoats and wellies and headed out into the woods did only one of them return?
‘A breakout book from an incredibly talented debut writer. Read, weep and laugh’ Stylist
‘An original heartfelt read by a new British talent’ Independent
‘A delightfully fresh voice’ Daily Mail
An original and affecting coming-of-age novel ... Snaith's clear-eyed depiction of estate life at the turn of the millennium resists cliches
Written in clear yet multi-layered prose ... a vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship, dealing with pain, grief and coming-of-age in a single-parent family. While those big themes pervade, it’s the minutiae of life in Ravine’s and Amma’s flat that bring welcome humour, like her descriptions of Amma in her sari and white trainers, cleaned daily with vinegar and lemon ... It’s an original, heartfelt read that will appeal as much to children of the nineties and noughties as it will readers of any age excited by a new British talent.
Snaith has a delightfully fresh voice and vividly conveys the claustrophobic nature of Ravine's situation as the mystery of what happened ten years earlier is gradually revealed.
Definitely worth squeezing into your hand luggage... one of the most brilliant summer beach reads ... a promising debut
A powerful debut ... told with warmth and humanity, this is a novel that shines because the characters feel so human and their plights feel so real
Last year 320,000 people were recorded as homeless in Britain by Shelter, with 36 new people becoming homeless every day. In her book How to Find Home, Mahsuda Snaith writes about a homeless protagonist and the trials she faces. Here, she shares why she wanted to address this topic in her novel.