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The year of the ladybird

The year of the ladybird

Joyce, Graham, 1954- author

It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new-found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer

Hardback, Book. English. General.
Published London: Gollancz, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Graham Joyce
ISBN: 0575115319, 0575115335, 9780575115316, 9780575115330
Note: Includes QR code.
Physical Description: 265 pages ; 23 cm

Author note

Graham Joyce was born into a Coventry mining family and now lives in Leicester. In addition to writing he teaches a Creative Writing course at Nottingham University.


Not only is this novel a fabulous evocation of the sweltering, endless summer of 1976 and the fag-end of the British holiday camp era, it is also a rights of passage novel and a wonderfully moving exploration of guilt, forgiveness and redemption.
THE LADY||Graham Joyce'sThe Year of the Ladybirdshowed that he is one of the best writers of ghost stories we have.
The Guardian