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The A to Z of Normal

Helen Barbour

The A to Z of Normal

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ISBN 9781781323816

Published Jun 2015

Paperback
216 x 140mm (282 pages)

Bending down, I stand the wellies up and position them so that the toes are level. A lump of mud on the end of one undermines the symmetry. I pick it off and throw it into the bin – which draws my attention to the fact that the bin isn’t straight. I nudge it with my foot until it’s parallel to the edge of the flag it sits on. Except, that must be wonky, because the bin is now at an angle to the wall. Floor or wall? I can’t have both. The wall, a more obvious mismatch, wins. The recalcitrant flag still grates.

Clare Thorpe’s need for order and symmetry governs everything she owns – from tins and toiletries, to cushions and clothes.

Yet she has always managed to hide the compulsions dominating her world. Until now.

When long-distance boyfriend Tom proposes, her secret life begins to unravel. How can she share a future with the man she loves, if she can’t even share her space?

And when the only way forward brings a threat greater than any compulsive behaviour, do they have a future together at all?

A poignant and humorous story of love, family, secrets…and military precision.


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