2014, London: The crash is the unravelling of Margaret. Trapped inside a car about to explode, she's rescued by a scarred stranger who then disappears. Margaret remembers little, but she's spent her life lost and remembering little - her childhood is full of holes and stolen memories. And now, for the first time, she has a burning desire to discover who she actually is. And who the man is who saved her life. 1985, Scotland: Big George, the dreamer, the soft touch of a family of notorious Glaswegian hard men, has not seen his baby girl, Moll, since she was born. And now he wants her back - if only she can get to know him, surely she'd embrace him as her father? But when the idyllic father-daughter reunion goes wrong, George and Moll find themselves on a road trip that changes everything, for both of them, forever. Flitting effortlessly between past and present, this is a harsh, gritty yet ultimately uplifting journey of an estranged father and daughter, exploring the strength of family ties and our huge capacity for forgiveness.
Lisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland and was educated at Armadale Academy and University of St Andrews. She spent most of her twenties working and living in China, before returning to the UK in 2002, to work in Higher Education. She lives in Glasgow; this is her first novel.
Author: Lisa Ballantyne