Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Kitty Wellington, the narrator of Clare Morrall's absorbing sure-footed first novel, has been brought up in a large family by her painter father. Surrounded by older brothers, she has no real recollection of either her mother, who was killed in a car crash, or her sister, who ran away from home.

The great strength of the novel is Kitty herself. Morrall has provided her with a compelling narrative voice - wry, confiding, perceptive. Echoes from JM Barrie's disturbing masterpiece are quietly sounded, with particular emphasis on missing mothers and "lost boys".

  • Pub date: 10.12.13
  • RRP: $31.99
  • Format: Paperback / softback


Clare Morrall

Clare Morrall was born in Exeter and now lives in Birmingham. She works as a music teacher, and has two daughters. Her first novel, ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR, was published in 2003 by Tindal Street Press and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She has since published four novels: NATURAL FLIGHTS OF THE HUMAN MIND, which is being adapted for a film, THE LANGUAGE OF OTHERS, THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED, which was a TV Book Club Summer read in 2010 and THE ROUNDABOUT MAN. Her next novel, AFTER THE BOMBING, will be published by Sceptre in 2014.

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