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A novel of love, homelessness and learning to be fearless.

In the garden, there were three flamingos. Not real flamingos, but real emblems, real gateways to a time when life was impossibly good. They were mascots, symbols of hope. Something for a boy to confide in.

First, there were the flamingos. And then there were two families. Sherry and Leslie and their daughters, Rae and Pauline - and Eve and her son, Daniel. 

Sherry loves her husband, Leslie. She also loves Eve. It couldn't have been a happier summer. But then Eve left, and everything went grey. Now Daniel is all grown up and broken. And when he turns up at Sherry's door, it's almost as if they've all come home again.

But there's still one missing. Where is Eve? And what, exactly, is her story?

Flamingo is a novel about the power of love, welcome and acceptance. It's a celebration of kindness, of tenderness. Set in 2018 and the '80s, it's a song for the broken-hearted and the big-hearted and is, ultimately, a novel grown from gratitude and a book full of wild hope.

©2022 Rachel Elliott (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Listened to as it’s on the women’s prize longlist and it’s only just arrived in the library. I found it quite moving and profound and liked the dramatic narration. As usual multiple themes and a bit like Ali Smith at times. I will be surprised if it makes the short list with the tough competition. I will be interested to read the book. Would be a good group read

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This is a really sweet book you can escape into

A novel about friendship, chosen family making new beginnings from personal history. All you forty somethings out there will especially warm to this book I think. There's a great playlist hidden within it's pages.

It is said we are all only three pay cheques away from homelessness. This novel asks you to confront that notion.