On the coldest night of 1975, a young man with shock-red hair tears though the snowbound streets of Warrington's toughest housing estate. He is Robbie Fitzgerald, and he is running for his life - and that of his young family. In his heart, Robbie knows the odds are stacked against them. In this unbending Northern town, he has married the beautiful brown nurse who once stitched up his wounds. Susheela is his Tamil Princess, but in the real world, the Fitzgeralds have to face up to prejudice, poverty and sheer naked hatred from their neighbours. Now Robbie has seen a way out, and he's sprinting to his date with destiny...
Winner of Somerset Maugham Award 2009.
'The novel's greatest poignancy rests not in the parents but in the children whom they damage...unlinchingly shows human beings consumed by a damage and hurt that turns them into the very monsters they had hoped to slay.' Anita Sethi, Independent On Sunday
Helen Walsh was born in Warrington, England, in 1977. Her first novel, Brass, was published in 2004 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Prize. She now lives in Liverpool.