An hilarious debut novel of family, secrets and dead ancestors in the attic.
Kate Happy's favourite books are Jane Eyre and Salem's Lot because they're English and American and so is she. It's the early eighties and Kate is being brought up by her grandparents on their huge sprawling farm in Herefordshire.
Gran has been homesick for Coney Island for thirty-eight years, hating her husband but determinedly donning her best pink Chanel suit and high heels to step out into the muck-splattered farmyard. Grandpa himself is bonkers, an ex-naval Captain who wanders round the house shouting sea-faring commands. Mum's gone AWOL since she ran over Kate's dad in her soft-top Triumph Spitfire. And are those really Dad's ashes in a Hellmann's mayonnaise jar in the attic?
Singled out by Boyd Tonkin as one of The Independent's top ten distinctive novels of this autumn: "Woody Allen visits Cold Comfort Farm in this black comedy of an Anglo-American rural childhood", Happy Accidents is a wonderful first novel that confirms Tiffany Murray as a rising star of British fiction.