... that was the point at which I should've put my foot down. Stamped it hard. Stopped the past repeating itself. But what did I do? I did what Mum used to do in times of crisis. I left the room and went to put the kettle on.
Vicky is a reluctant curate's wife, struggling to come to terms with her own bereavement and her husband's new-found faith. Then, one Boxing Day, a knock on the door brings her annoying big brother, his teenage son and a cello into her life, turning her world upside down.
With her small terrace house in Penge now fit to burst, Vicky struggles to manage her three children and the joys of everyday family life. As a new threat lurks behind every corner, hope appears in the most unlikely of circumstances.
An enchanting, funny, sad yet bittersweet tale of life and living, one that reminds us it's not a race at all... but a journey.
Praise for Sophie's writing
**Winner of the Yeovil Literary Prize**
**Winner of the Luke Bitmead Bursary 2010**
** Shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize**
'Sophie Duffy has written a powerful first novel & shows huge promise' Katie Fforde
'A warm, moving, wonderful read' - Wendy Holden
'An extraordinary story... A born storyteller with a gift for characterization, she writes with warmth, lovely earthy detail and a pathos which keeps a lump lodged in the throat... echoes of Victoria Wood and Laurie Graham, it is a cracking first novel' - The Daily Mail
'Sophie Duffy is a talent to be reckoned with. She writes with empathy, clarity and huge skill. Read The Generation Game and enjoy!' - Margaret Graham
'a brave, bold, warm, rich, amusing, engaging novel which sits well alongside more established authors like Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum' - Hello Magazine
'Deftly written, very moving' - The Bookbag
'A book you just can't put down' - Western Morning News