Oz – Bobbie Darbyshire
Mark Jonnson’s life is a mess.
He’s been cheating on his wife, fears his marriage is over, but can’t bear to leave his boisterous 7-year-old daughter, Matilda. Just when he thinks things can’t get worse, his mother is killed in a road accident. Shocked and grieving, he decamps to her house, where he uncovers a secret that will turn his life upside-down and send him and his daughter on a whirlwind search for the truth.
Another gripping read from the author of Truth Games and Love, Revenge & Buttered Scones.
What a delight to find a novel that’s both a page-turner and a nuanced exploration of characters. The tensions and subtleties of relationships of marriage and parenting across the decades are explored with delicacy, yet the storytelling never falters, as a constantly-evolving plot keeps you hooked until the last page. – Sarah Rayner, author of One Moment, One Morning
Oz touches on a tough and important subject that doesn’t get enough coverage – the tremendous burden that children can be for those who don’t want them or who have them at the wrong times in their lives. This is a theme that really comes out and reaches a marvellous crescendo. – Chris Boyd, screenwriter
Swept me along with little to say but huge praise. I was riveted to every word. – Paul Lyons, author of The Eden Man
Bobbie Darbyshire’s two previous novels are Truth Games (Cinnamon Press 2009) and Love, Revenge & Buttered Scones (Sandstone Press 2010). She won the 2008 fiction prize at the National Academy of Writing and the New Delta Review Creative Nonfiction Prize 2010, and Love, Revenge & Buttered Scones was long-listed for the International Rubery Book Award.
Bobbie has worked as barmaid, mushroom picker, film extra, maths coach, cabinet minister’s private secretary, care assistant and volunteer adult-literacy teacher, as well as in social research and government policy. She hosts a writers’ group and lives in London.