Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind
Eva and her son Torin have to leave London and move back to Ireland. Eva to find the daughter she left behind and Torin from a life that was threatening his freedom. It is about dislocation and becoming unanchored and the need for a home and belonging and the disturbance when you’re wrenched out of your environment.
Eva takes her teenage son Torin away from petty crime and gang violence in London to the safest place she knows: her father’s caravan in Ireland. Eva hopes to stay and find the daughter she left behind but Torin, rootless, can’t settle there.
CHOSEN by The Observer as a Fiction Pick for 2016, Feeding Time is a debut like no other: a blast of rage against the dying of the light.
Dot is losing the will to live.
Tristan is sick of emptying bedpans.
Cornish spends entire days barricaded in his office.
And Ruggles… well. Ruggles is damn well going to escape those Nazi villains and get back to active duty.
The mix is all the more combustible since Dot, Tristan, Cornish and Ruggles are all under the same roof – that of a rapidly declining old people’s home called Green Oaks. There’s going to be an explosion. It’s going to be messy. And nobody knows who will pick up the pieces.
Stories tucked away on every floor. No. 10 Luckenbooth Close is an archetypal Edinburgh tenement.
The devil’s daughter rows to the shores of Leith in a coffin. The year is 1910 and she has been sent to a tenement building in Edinburgh by her recently deceased father to bear a child for a wealthy man and his fiancee. The harrowing events that follow lead to a curse on the building and its residents – a curse that will last for the rest of the century.
Over nine decades, No. 10 Luckenbooth Close bears witness to emblems of a changing world outside its walls. An infamous madam, a spy, a famous Beat poet, a coal miner who fears daylight, a psychic: these are some of the residents whose lives are plagued by the building’s troubled history in disparate, sometimes chilling ways. The curse creeps up the nine floors and an enraged spirit world swells to the surface, desperate for the true horror of the building’s longest kept secret to be heard.
Luckenbooth is a bold, haunting and dazzlingly unique novel about the stories and secrets we leave behind, and the places that hold them long after we are gone.