The best way to avoid trouble, thinks Ayisha Emmanuelle, is to avoid confrontation. As an inner-city schoolteacher, she does a whole lot of avoidance. 14-year-old Shamayal Thomas trusts no one. Not the family, not the gang. And at school, trusting people is forbidden. Jim Stevens teaches history. Haunted by his own, he still believes everyone can learn from the past. History doesn’t always have to repeat itself.A powerful exploration of the ache of loss set in a landscape where broken people can heal each other. Fresh, funny, heartbreaking and real, this original and compassionate study of when to break the rules and why is perfect for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Rachel Joyce and Ali Smith.“A perfect balance of gritty and feel-good.”“…offers an ever-changing, intense view of what it means to be human.””…absolutely nails the moral dilemmas we live with in a modern society that is supposed to protect the most vulnerable.”
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Jane Davis is the author of seven thought-provoking novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as ‘A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.’ The Bookseller featured her in their ‘One to Watch’ section. Six further novels, which straddle contemporary, historical, literary and women’s fiction genres, have earned her comparisons to more seasoned authors such as Kate Atkinson and Maggie O’Farrell. An Unknown Woman, has been named Self-Published Book of the Year 2016 by Writing Magazine and the DSJT Charitable Trust. Jane’s favourite description of fiction is ‘made-up truth’.Jane lives in Carshalton, Surrey, with her Formula 1 obsessed, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When she is not writing, you may spot Jane disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand. You can find her at: Website: www.jane-davis.co.uk Sign up to my newsletter at www.jane-davis.co.uk/newsletter and get your free copy of I Stopped Time. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JaneDavisAuthorPageTwitter: https://twitter.com/janedavisauthorPinterest: http://pinterest.com/janeeleanordavi/boards/Or get an eBook of her novel, I Stopped Time, by signing up to her mailing list at www.jane-davis.co.uk/newsletter