Set in the nineteen-seventies, Did You Whisper Back? begins with Amanda Court's longing to be reunited with her estranged twin sister Jo. Following a false lead, Amanda leaves her Merseyside home and family and goes to Devon to work as a chambermaid where she believes Jo now lives. Amanda's new life begins to encroach on her personal space and time, and her search for Jo is put on hold until Amanda feels Jo calling her back to Liverpool.
Gradually it emerges that Jo is, seemingly, just a figment of Amanda's imagination arising from distorted childhood memories. She experiences a series of strange and sometimes frightening experiences, until the desperation of her family reaches breaking point.
Did You Whisper Back? is a psychological novel about family secrets and a disturbing portrayal of the fragility of the mind.
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About the Author
I’ve been been writing for over thirty years. I realized my unhip credentials were mounting so I decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip is published by Night Publishing However, I’m not completely unhip. My punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published my novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones including a version of my satirical novella Lost The Plot. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007). I’ve had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and now published as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011) I also received a Southern Arts bursary for my novel Where A Shadow Played (now renamed ‘Did You Whisper Back?). I’m gradually in the process of getting most of my books published and previously unpublished work onto Smashwords and Kindle. My novels tend to be character-driven and a bit quirky or gritty – whether contemporary or retro – and deal with issues of today: drugs abuse, homelessness and neighbourhood conflicts, and a common theme is about the experience of being an outsider in society.