A secret love which has a whole town talking and a small boy very worried. Lydia Weekes is distraught at the break-up of her marriage. When her young son, Charlie, makes friends with the local doctor, Jean Markham, her life is turned upside down. Charlie tells his secrets to no one but the bees, but even he can t keep his mother s friendship to himself. The locals don t like things done differently. As Lydia and the doctor become closer, the rumours start to fly and threaten to shatter Charlie s world.
Fiona Shaw lives in York. After giving birth to her two children, she suffered a postnatal breakdown. She wrote powerfully about her experience of the nightmare of depression in her best-selling non-fiction debut, Out of Me, shortlisted for the MIND prize.