Natural Flights of the Human Mind

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McClelland & Stewart, 2006 - Alienation (Social psychology) - 400 pages
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A captivating new novel from the Man Booker Prize — shortlisted author of Astonishing Splashes of Colour that
combines suspense, dark humour, and the sheer eccentricities of being human.

Peter Straker lives in a disused lighthouse on the Devon coast, where his routines are dictated by the sea and weather. He speaks to no one — except in his dreams. There he converses with some of the seventy-eight people he believes he killed twenty-four years ago, when his airplane collided with a passenger train.

But Straker’s carefully preserved solitude is about to be invaded. Many years ago, newlywed Imogen Doody’s husband went to work one day and never came back, leaving her angry at life and other people. When Imogen inherits a cottage near Straker’s lighthouse, it’s a piece of good fortune she badly needs. But the cottage is falling down, and against his will — and hers — Straker finds himself helping her to repair it. And as the twenty-fifth anniversary of Straker’s crime approaches, other forces are gathering to disturb his precarious peace.

Guilt, loss, and the secrets of the past lie at the heart of this utterly engaging story of two misfits who become bound together in unlikely ways. Related with warmth and wit, Clare Morrall’s new novel testifies to the resilience of the human spirit and confirms the promise of her first novel.

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

I really like Clare Morrall's work. She seems to have a a special connection with troubled people. I understand her description of how the same issues can keep going around and around in your head at ... Read full review

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User Review  - qquiet - LibraryThing

What if you were responsible for taking away the lives of 78 people? And what about the lives of the people they left behind? These are just some questions tackled in the book. It's a story about ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Clare Morrall lives in Birmingham, England. Her internationally acclaimed first novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize in 2003.

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