Modern Love

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Allison & Busby, 2000 - Fiction - 351 pages
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At nineteen, Christine is happy working in a bakery, hanging out with a succession of rough lads and battling with her indomitable mother, Margaret. When Margaret tries to set her daughter up with a nice young bank clerk, Christine is initially repelled by the idea. But when she falls pregnant after a visit to a safari park, she is forced into a shotgun marriage - to Michael, the clerk.
Christine gives birth to twins, Jude and Jess, and life seems alright for a while. But the house is not a good place for children to grow up in; there are too many secrets, too much swearing and shouting. And the twins become increasingly strange: Jude is quiet, creepily passive, and Jess is a foul-mouthed, trouble-maker. Immersed in their own private world, their violent games must end in tragedy...

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Paul Magrs has published many novels, including the six-volume Spooky Mystery series about Brenda and Effie, and two about the adventures of that time-travelling adventuress, Iris Wildthyme. He published his first novel in 1996, the year he gained his PhD, which was written about the novelist Angela Carter. His first Doctor Who novel was The Scarlet Empress (1998). In recent years he has also written, for AudioGo, seventeen Doctor Who audio dramas starring Tom Baker as the Doctor.

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