Jonathan Cape, 2002 - 148 ページ
A memorable debut novel about a young woman finding her place in the world. Carmel McKisco, twenty years old, works nights in a Manchester dive bar. Cut off from her family and her ex-boyfriend, she forges strange alliances with her customers, and daydreams about escaping to Cornwall, her own Elysian Fields, as she spins out the days and nights of an unrelentingly rainy winter. This thrilling debut novel is full of memorable characters and is imbued with a sense of longing and raw loneliness beneath the banter and whimsy - a strangely affecting look at the way people drift into and out of each other's lives.