World War II is over, and a new decade is beginning, but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium to learn the way of a patient, they find themselves in the company of army and air force officers, a car salesman, a mysterious German woman and an American merchant seaman. They discover that a cure is tantalisingly just out of reach, and only by inciting wholesale rebellion can freedom be snatched.
"Her novel is at once a beautifully detailed character study, a poignant family history and a richly evocative portrait of the late 1970s." (Independent, on The Clothes on Their Backs)
"A stylish, ambitious novel." (Glamour, on Upstairs at the Party)
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