Release date - 01/05/2019
Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a social worker. When somebody sits opposite her at the cafeteria table, she refuses to look up, annoyed at having her privacy disturbed. But a hand is pushing a mug of tea towards her, and a livid scar on the back of the hand releases a flood of memories.
Some people believe in the existence of a parallel universe. Does Lauren have a retrospective choice about the outcome of a terrible recent accident, or is it the bearer of that much older scar who has the power to decide what happens to her now?
With some editing and a beautiful new cover, this story of a naïve daughter, subsumed by her alcoholic mother's 'Great Grief' (and inspired by the painting There is no Night by Jack B. Yeats) will be republished by us in September 2018.
"Tracey really is a wonderful writer, she somehow gets under your skin and draws you in, she most certainly drew me in. I really enjoyed this book.
Never stick to your normal genre, get out there, try something different. You might just fall upon a gem like I have in ANOTHER REBECCA"
"The story of Rebecca and her mum Bex was at time sad and at times harrowing. The relationship between this mother and daughter are complicated and complex with role reversals weaving throughout the novel.
Bex's "Great grief" is an underlying feature that impacts on the whole tale.
All in all a story which keeps you engrossed and intrigued"
"This is an incredibly well written book with enough emotional suspense to make you want to read it in one sitting!"
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“Tracey Scott Townsend has such a depth of emotion behind her poetry it really touched me. Reading on, I felt exactly the same about the rest of the collection and by the time I got to Perfect Memorial I was in utter pieces.
Indeed, reading So Fast I encountered a range of very profound emotions. You must have wanted to have them made me feel guilty and I was enraged by Ways not to treat Women. But oh my goodness, the sense of loss, of grief and love was almost too much to bear at times, especially in The Visit. I also loved the final, uplifting reassertion of identity in the last poem in the collection, Not Invisible.
The quality of Tracey Scott-Townsend’s writing is magnificent. Able to convey the emotions I have referred to, she can also create such vivid images of nature that the reader can picture the shore, a whale, a tern with absolute clarity. She invents compound words that capture perfectly what she is describing and knows exactly when a rhyme or repetition will enhance her message and when to pare down her words to the bare minimum for the greatest effect. Water plays a large part in her writing and her poems reflect its fluidity and ever changing appearance. I thought this was such skilled writing.
I found So Fast by Tracey Scott-Townsend an absolute gem of a collection. I fear it will be little known but it deserves to be praised amid the likes of writers like Maya Angelou, Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. So Fast explores everything it means to be a woman, a mother, a lover and a friend. I loved every word.”
Linda Hill review: www.lindasbookbag.com
Tracey's novel "The Eliza Doll" tells the story of Ellie's struggle with her past.
"In the midst of a series of family upheavals, Ellie shocks everybody by selling her home and deciding to live in a converted van. She will travel the country selling her handmade dolls at craft fairs. Ellie has two companions: her Labrador, Jack, and the mysterious Eliza who turns up in the most unexpected places. Ellie can’t change the past. But is it really too late to rectify the bad thing she did when Eliza was a baby?"