The Year of the Ladybird: A Ghost Story
It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began, and a plague of ladybirds speckles the countryside.
A young man called David leaves behind his student days to begin the adventure of growing up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But alongside the freedom of a first job and the excitement and dangers of first love, political and racial tensions are simmering under the cloudless summer skies. And who is the man in the dark suit, with the boy by his side? Out on the sands, glimpsed through the heat haze?
David discovers there is a terrible price to be paid for his new-found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer.
As with Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power. With beautiful prose, wonderful characters and a perfect evocation of time and place, this is a novel that transcends the boundaries between the everyday and the supernatural while celebrating the power of both.
Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.
Year published: 2013
Sub-genre: Horror, fantasy.
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