Paperback by Blink Publishing, £8.99 (ebook £3.79)
Carol Morley is perhaps best known for her heart-wrenching film Dreams Of A Life, and she tugs at the heart strings once again with her debut novel, 7 Miles Out.
She tells the autobiographical coming-of-age story of Ann, dealing with the suicide of her father, over the course of her adolescence and young adulthood.
Morley details her sexual, musical, literary and cinematic discoveries, intertwined with the fractious and failing dynamics of a family struggling to communicate and come to terms with their own grief. T
he book really finds its feet in the closing chapters, as Ann begins to discover a world outside of Stockport.
It left me devastated and weeping like a small child, but this bittersweet book is certainly worth investigating.