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The Tiny Gestures of Small Flowers

Emily Critchley


5 August 2021






12.9 x 19.8 cm



Powerful, reflective coming-of-age novel in which a lost 17-year-old fumbles to find her identity beyond an abusive relationship.

Lonely, young and sharply observant, Eleanor arrives in Brighton looking for work, friendship and somewhere to live. But not for love. Not for sex. She’s tried that – brutally. She thinks she’s over the worst when she meets Scott, whose rages make him hurl everything at the wall, out of the car – everything including Eleanor who suddenly turns rebellious. A deceptively understated first person narrative that gets under the skin of a medley of strange lives.

The new book by Emily Critchley, whose Notes On My Family was nominated for the Carnegie and longlisted for the Branford Boase.

Though The Tiny Gestures of Small Flowers is Emily Critchley’s debut novel for adult readers (Notes on My Family was her widely acclaimed debut for young adults), it’s an accomplished, powerful, mesmerising story that explores a seventeen-year-old’s embroilment in an abusive relationship with an older man. Shifting between two timelines, it’s also a potent coming-of-age novel, and a fascinating portrait of a mother-daughter bond.

– Lovereading

Exceptional YA/adult crossover debut, narrative voice reminiscent of Mark Haddon or Harper Lee

– Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Book of the Week


– Oliver Harris

Warm, witty, moving

– Anna James

Lou’s voice is the star of this novel

– Mugglenet

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