The back cover blurb describes Starlings as a 'daisy chain' novel, an expression I've heard of, though I've not experienced reading one - till now. For me, the book is best read as a collection of interconnected short stories all set in and around Brighton in the late twentieth, early twenty-first centuries. Protagonists from one tale, or chapter, crop up as supporting characters in anothers' narrative, and between them we have a beautifully written portrayal of a community and its varied inhabitants. If novels could be likened to Picasso's Guernica and short stories to Monet's Sunrise, I would liken Starlings to Mark Rothko's Seagram Murals.
These vivid and poignant stories throw light on a myriad of human emotion and experience in one British seaside town - illuminating. I really, really liked it.