London. 1965. It is not all wonder and delight. Serious, violet-eyed nineteen-year-old Lydia is scared of love and passion, handicapped by the secrets and trauma of her childhood on the Solway Firth. But she is ready for real life to begin.
In a world before the pill, her defences are tested when she falls in love with a sports car mechanic, part of a smart, shady circle. Weaving her uncertain way through the glittering opportunities and pitfalls of a changing society, the old-fashioned values of her doting grandmother and her serious civil service job, it is when Lydia inherits a brasserie in run-down Notting Hill that her journey really begins.
But can she find her way through love and loss, family secrets and the first stirrings of feminism?
Publisher: Whitefox Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 272
'Kirsteen Stewart plays adroitly with familiar and darker themes, as her heroine leaves the Scottish borders for swinging London to negotiate the delights and pitfalls of sexual liberation and social change. Lydia's adventures will ring many bells with those who were there, and enlighten those who were not.' -- Anne Chisholm, biographer and reviewer; 'A great read. Compelling, vivid and full of twists. Kirsteen Stewart has captured the explosive emancipation of different classes and genders.' -- Anthony Barnett, journalist and founder of Open Democracy 'Sparkling, funny and wise, Kirsteen Stewart's debut is more than worth the wait.' -- Rachel Johnson, journalist, presenter & author