W&N Fiction HB / ETPB July £12.99 320pp 978 0 297 87199 6 / 978 0 297 87200 9 eBook: £12.99 / 978 0 297 87202 3 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 6619 1 / 10 hrs
A story of family, of finding your way, and of deciphering a route through the greyest areas of morality.
ANNA FREEMAN Four Days of Fog you can hide in the fog, but where can you run?
London, December 1952. At the beginning of what will come to be known as the Great Smog, Ruby Palmer waits to be released from prison.
At home, her daughter Florrie also waits, knowing that the moment her mother returns she herself will face a choice: stay where she is, in the heart of her matriarchial and criminal family, or leave it all to make a safer, duller life with a decent young man. But what will she do if she’s too crooked to go straight, and too good to go bad?
Over the next four days, as London grinds to a halt in an impenetrable and poisonous fog, Florrie will have to find her own path – and the courage to stumble along it.
Four Days of Fog follows the last days of a crumbling female gang in post-war London, in a fog so thick that you can’t see your own feet.
‘a hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. i loved it’ sarah Waters on The Fair Fight anna Freeman is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and a multiple slam-winning performance poet who has appeared at festivals across Britain including Latitude and Glastonbury. Her first novel, The Fair Fight, was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award in 2015.
W&N Fiction • July 2018