- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (3 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408801078
- ISBN-13: 978-1408801079
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spilt Milk, Black Coffee Paperback – 3 May 2010
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Helen Cross was born and brought up in the village of Newbald in East Yorkshire. Her first novel, My Summer of Love won a Betty Trask Award and became a BAFTA award-winning feature film. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and her plays and stories have been broadcast on Radio 4. She has recently returned from working for the British Council as Writer in Residence at the University of Mumbai. Helen's second novel, The Secrets She Keeps is now available in paperback, and her third novel, Spilt Milk, Black Coffee was published by Bloomsbury in May 2010. She lives in Birmingham, England with her partner Andy and two daughters. She's just completed a fourth novel and film adaptation of Spilt Milk, Black Coffee for Rainy Day Films. More details at www.helencross.net
Praise for The Secret She Keeps: 'There's a timeless feel to this tale of loneliness, greed and beauty. Cross writes beautifully' Daily Mail 'Cross has an ability to imbue the everyday world with sensuality and strangeness ... it has the raw energy and flashes of brilliance that show Helen Cross to be a writer to watch' Sunday Telegraph Praise for My Summer of Love: 'Evocative, ferocious, even visceral ... A hand-grenade of a novel ... a book of quite exceptional power' Daily Mail 'A sharp, disturbing and highly original debut novel' Sunday Mirror
`Helen `My Summer of Love' Cross is a fine writer with a spiky edge, a wry sense of humour and a sharp instinct for creating characters who are believably flawed' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As is the fashion these days, the novel is written from multiple viewpoints, but in this case it's more than just a gimmick. Jackie herself never takes on narration duties, meaning the reader always sees her through the eyes of others; an important technique, as the various perceptions of Jackie are a key theme of the text. It's impossible not to warm to our two main narrators - Jackie's tomboy daughter Elle, who adores her mum while desperate to avoid turning into her, and Amir, obsessed by Jackie despite significant age and cultural differences between the two. Both characters are brilliantly written, but Cross's portrayal of Elle - an adult before her time, yet heartbreakingly childlike underneath - is particularly poignant. Although Elle and Amir's paths only really cross once until the end of the novel, it's a pivotal moment, and their differing perceptions of the incident sets up much of the action.
If you're looking for a novel with fast-paced action and a big finale, 'Spilt Milk, Black Coffee' probably isn't for you; the plot on its own is fairly slow, although the strength of the characterisation and scene-setting makes this almost irrelevant.Read more ›
Helen Cross's ear for language made reading the book seem almost like listening to a gripping radio play. She is a writer I am pleased I watched out for.
The novel is one massive flashback from the steps of the registry office and it is sometimes hard to follow the time jumps. However I liked the sense of place and the descriptions of the family reunions and life in urban multicultural Britain. The plot isn't complex - basically a will he/she won't he/she dilemma but it has reasonable pace.
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I really enjoyed Spilt Milk, Black Coffee, though it might not be everyone's cup of tea. It's a simple enough book which plays havoc with tenses as it gets to grip with its two... Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2013 by wordpress/whattoreadnow
I was staggered by the quality of this book. I loved the contrast between the grittiness of the story, and the morality which shone through. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2013 by Louise Gillett