A poignant novel about a fleeting friendship between a boy and a man on a tired English beach. Beneath the narrative runs a subtle commentary about our society’s growing intolerance to outsiders. Set at the time of the 2015 general election, compassion and honesty vie with prejudice and ignorance. Neville, who counts steps and stars and grains of sand, is a boy you will take into your heart.
Lynn Michell has published 15 books including Write From the Start, an illustrated writing scheme for schools, Shattered, an account of living with ME, two books about mothering adolescents (The Women’s Press), and three novels.
We are lucky to have writers like Lynn Michell to remind us that even here, even now, it is possible for the lonely and excluded to connect. It is rare to find such beauty.
Maureen Freely, President of English PEN, novelist, translator and activist.
From the first pages of this novel, Michell sets up an atmosphere of such convincing threat that the reader’s expectations are on red alert.
Jenny Garrod. DURA. Dundee Univeriry Review of the Arts.
‘Lynn Michell writes a beautifully innocent and endearing tale twisted by the tainted gaze of society’s perverse darkness.’
Isabelle Coy-Dibley for The Contemporary Small Press.
A faded seaside town in Autumn is the perfect setting for this elegiac story of a vulnerable boy and the adult who befriends him
Ali Bacon. Between the Lines
‘The prose is achingly beautiful.The boy Neville is exquisitely drawn, a wounded soul who counts stars and steps and grains of sand for security’
Avril Joy, Costa and People’s Prize winning author
A story of hope, the power to transcend intolerance, and of the ability to carve out spaces of safety and sanctuary for those deemed outsiders.
Professor Joyce Goodman, Univerisyt of Winchester
A beautifully written exploration of the relationship between a tormented man and a damaged boy. Michell moves seamlessly between them.I
Kathleen James, writer and poet.
By touching chords of such tenderness and insight, Lynn Michell positions the simple inside truths of these two characters way above the exterior actions of the ‘authorities’.’
Alison Coles, Book Oxygen
A brave and brilliant decision to have a child as one of the central protaganists…Neville is so beautifully drawn.
Ninja Book Box
A parable for our times…an intriguing book about secrets, assumptions, and consequences…the boy is beautifully realised.
.Derek Thompson, Author of Standpoint, Line of Sight, Cause & Effect, Shadow State.
‘A compelling book that examines bigotry, ignorance, redemption and friendship. Beautifully told too.’
Heidi James, author of Wounding.
‘Some of the best writing I’ve seen in a long time. The characterisation of Abbott and Neville is quite simply superb.
Howard Sergeant, Writer and ghost writer.
The innocence and trust of the relationship between Abbott and Neville is beautifully conceived.
Susie Nott-Bower. Author of The Making of Her.
The writing in The Red Beach Hut is enthralling.
The Bibliophile Chronicles
The magnificent part of The Red Beach Hut … is touching on the ugliness and beauty of human nature – to be alone, an outsider and still seek out human connection…definitely recommend.
Delicately beautiful and gorgeously descriptive
A convincing and compelling read. Neville’s thoughts and speech effortlessly reflect that of a young child. An incredibly consistent character.
Lauren Parsons, Legend Press
Beautifully written. The small English seaside town comes to life in front of your very eyes, and pretends to fall asleep while it keeps one eye open, watching the goings-on.