I think literary fiction is my favourite genre and I’m so lucky to have Lyrics for the Loved Ones by Anne Goodwin on my TBR pile. I have been waiting to reveal the cover for several months. It gives me enormous pleasure to be able to do so today.
The last time Anne appeared on Linda’s Book Bag we were taking a look at her book Sugar and Snails in a post you’ll find here.
Let’s find out more about Anne’s latest, Lyrics for the Loved Ones which will be published on 15th May 2023 by Annecdotal Press and is available for pre-order here.
Lyrics for the Loved Ones
After half a century confined in a psychiatric hospital, Matty has moved to a care home on the Cumbrian coast. Next year, she’ll be a hundred, and she intends to celebrate in style. Yet, before she can make the arrangements, her ‘maid’ goes missing.
Irene, a care assistant, aims to surprise Matty with a birthday visit from the child she gave up for adoption as a young woman. But, when lockdown shuts the care-home doors, all plans are put on hold.
But Matty won’t be beaten. At least not until the Black Lives Matter protests burst her bubble and buried secrets come to light.
Will she survive to a hundred? Will she see her ‘maid’ again? Will she meet her long-lost child?
Rooted in injustice, balanced with humour, this is a bittersweet story of reckoning with hidden histories in cloistered times.
Doesn’t Lyrics for the Loved Ones sound fantastic? It’s not just me who thinks so:
Advance praise for Lyrics for the Loved Ones
‘a smartly constructed, engaging and compassionate story about family, humanity and ‘lost loss’ ALISON MOORE, Booker prize shortlisted author of The Lighthouse
‘one of the best books I’ve ever read … a very funny and a hugely emotional read’ ALEX CRAIGIE, author of Someone Close to Home
‘vividly illuminates recent inequalities, with humour and humanity’ CAROLINE LODGE, Bookword
‘the author writes with intelligence, understanding and sensitivity’ ANNIE ELLIOTT, Left on the Shelf Book Blog
‘runs the whole gamut of emotions … one of the most memorable and heart-wrenching protagonists I’ve met’ OLGA NÚŇEZ MIRET, psychiatrist, author and translator
‘a well written, chatty book, with great characters’ EMMABBOOKS
Don’t forget to pre-order Lyrics for the Loved Ones here.
About Anne Goodwin
Anne Goodwin’s drive to understand what makes people tick led to a career in clinical psychology. That same curiosity now powers her fiction.
Anne writes about the darkness that haunts her and is wary of artificial light. She makes stuff up to tell the truth about adversity, creating characters to care about and stories to make you think. She explores identity, mental health and social justice with compassion, humour and hope.
A prize-winning short-story writer, she has published three novels and a short story collection with small independent press, Inspired Quill. Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize.
Away from her desk, Anne guides book-loving walkers through the Derbyshire landscape that inspired Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Subscribers to her newsletter can download a free e-book of award-winning short stories.
For more information about Anne visit her website, follow her on Twitter @Annecdotist, or find her on Instagram or Facebook.