The Lip (Hardback)
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The Lip (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 18/03/2021
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'This unsparing debut novel portrays the unromantic side of Cornwall few visitors see and which so many novelists choose to overlook. Charlie Carroll inhabits his damaged heroine completely' Patrick Gale
'A moving and affecting novel about life on the edge, with a very special flavour of wild and rugged Cornwall.' Emma Stonex

Away from the hotels and holiday lets, there is an unseen side of Cornwall, where the shifting uncertainties of the future breed resentment and mistrust.

Melody Janie is hidden. She lives alone in a caravan in Bones Break: a small cliff-top on Cornwall's north coast. She spends her time roaming her territory, spying on passing tourists and ramblers, and remembering. She sees everything and yet remains unseen.

However, when a stranger enters her life, she is forced to confront not only him but the terrible tragedies of her past.

The Lip is a novel about childhood, isolation and mental health, told in the unique and unforgettable voice of Melody Janie.

'All of this is Bones Break. All of this is mine.

I know every inch of it; I know it as intimately as the seagulls. I stand at dead-centre, my feet teetering on the edge of the lip. Below, the thundering tattoo of waves on rock. Wind catches the tips of my hair, lifting them above my ribs: less force than it takes to knock me down; enough to make me right myself with a step to the left, and then another back again. Here on the lip, it is vital to know where my feet are.'

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529334173
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 38 mm


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This unsparing debut novel portrays the unromantic side of Cornwall few visitors see and which so many novelists choose to overlook. Charlie Carroll inhabits his damaged heroine so completely, and with so little trace of first-novel-ego that I can't wait to see what he writes next; I suspect his publishers have backed a winner. * Patrick Gale *
Atmospheric, haunting writing, a heroine you instantly love. * Ilona Bannister, author of When I Ran Away *
Viscerally described... I'm still thinking about it. * The Daily Mail *
[Melody Janie's] life weaves intimately close to this place, vesting a lyrical magic over these weather-beaten landscapes. * The Telegraph *
A novel as much about isolation as it is grief, mental health and enforced change, it builds to a moving conclusion with a mighty twist. With The Lip now added to his repertoire, Carroll is proving to be very much like a modern-day Orwell, with social awareness and humanity at the core of what he writes. * Buzz Magazine *

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“Irritating and annoying”

I was sent a copy of The Lip by Charlie Carroll to read and review by NetGalley. I chose to review this book as I thought it sounded interesting and is set in Cornwall where I live. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring... More

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“Haunting and devastating”

I was interested in reading this book after watching Simon Reeve explore Cornwall, and uncover some of the realities of living in such a beautiful, and popular, place. I think I expected the book to more deeply... More

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“Hidden reality of living in Cornwall”

Intriguing story based in the Cornwall that is only known by those who live there, it’s hidden from holiday makers who usually only see the beautiful scenery and lovely beaches. This is not to say that the beauty is... More

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