Carol always resented her desperately dull Middle England family - her mother, endlessly knitting, her father and his weekly obsession with next door's ever-encroaching garden hedge, and her brother, ever silent and scheming. So when she is invited to meet the vibrant, bohemian family next door in their messy house full of books and paintings and empty of rules, Carol soon begins a secret double life over the much-hated garden hedge. Here Carol voices her greatest fantasy and tells her first major lie...that she is adopted. But on her 16th birthday Carol receives the shock of her life when her wish comes true. And as, years later, Carol frenetically narrates her story from a psychiatric unit, we realise how it affected her and those around her in the darkest of ways . . .
Julia Widdows was born in London and now lives in Brighton. She is an award-winning short story writer, and has run groups using writing as a therapeutic tool. Julia is married with two sons.