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Morph Paperback – 10 Sep 2018
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'Teenagers can keep many secrets and that is dealt with brilliantly in this book.' --Jackie Kay, author and Makar, Scottish National Poet
'A gripping and challenging YA read with real emotional heft.' --Ann Coburn, author and playwright
'A startling and sensitive portrayal of what it means to inhabit these odd, awkward and joyful things we call bodies.' --Alex Lockwood, author of 'The Chernobyl Privileges'
About the Author
Jill Clough has been addicted to writing - stories, poems, plays - almost since she learnt to talk. After graduating in English she trained as a secondary-school teacher as a stopgap (fully intending to be the new Jane Austen) but became addicted to English-teaching instead. After raising three children, she attended Hull University for a PhD in English, during which time she met the poet Philip Larkin. From 1987, she was a headteacher in a variety of schools, including a boarding school in Surrey and a Brighton state school in special measures. Upon moving to the Lake District she worked as an educational consultant, mentor and trainer across the UK, and contributed to numerous academic publications. She also began writing fiction again, joining the PhD in Creative Writing course at Newcastle University. 'Morph' is the first of Jill Clough's published novels, but, says Jill, 'many more have been written over the years and will soon get to see the light of day!'
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As the central character, Joey, wrestles with her secret, her close-knit circle of friends and family in rural Cumbria, vividly described, are gradually revealed all to be living with their own private turmoil. As Joey begins to understand how her own confusion is mirrored in those around her, and theirs in her, a shocking climax threatens to tear apart the relationships and world she holds so dear.
Jill Clough’s first-person narration captures with remarkable insight and accuracy the language (online and face-to-face) of a bright, sensitive and vulnerable teenager. As the powerful storyline gains pace, the credibility and human frailty of her complex characters grow in proportion.
The journey also took me over the fells of Cumbria, beautifully described, as the main character finds security in her knowledge and love of the beauty in the countryside around her.
Family debates, arguments with parents and siblings, read so realistically that you can imagine yourself at the table with the family and bring to mind those scenes we have all been part of at some time.
Morph is an extraordinary book in that you could read it as a teenager or a parent, or anyone else for that matter, and find it both enjoyable and give you much to discuss, and between generations as well.
While the narrator, Joey, is trying to come to terms with not fitting in - at school, in their family, in their own skin - and can only start to feel themselves in the anonymous online forums they have begun to frequent, their best friend Bec has a dark secret of her own and it is the complex pull of threads between this pair that will have you nodding along as you read and passing your copy on to a friend with a teenage child, or straight to the teenager themselves.