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Rocky Place

Nicholas Day-Lewis

Rocky Place is a street in coastal Wintersea. The residents are indeed in 'rocky places'.

Quentin and Lyn move there from Melbourne to give their marriage a fresh start. They are daggers drawn with next door Rick and Cathy and their friends, Peter and Tess.

The 'pure' young love between William, Quentin and Lyn's son, and Jodi, Peter and Tess's middle daughter, contrasts with the tired goings-on of the older generation.

The characters take turns as the story is told through their eyes. Their inner conflicts allow the author to explore universal themes of relationships, sexual mores and mental illness. Nevertheless, they cannot help but arouse affection and amusement.

In the heat of summer, events become increasingly fraught, leading to a horrific tragedy that no one saw coming, but many could have stopped. 'We're all to blame,' said Lyn. 'Every one of us.'

This is a fast-moving and absorbing novel which gives us readers an excellent yarn and is a thought-provoking parable for our times. The final section, given to Jodi, conveys a message of love's ultimate triumph.

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Nicholas Day-Lewis comes from an English literary family, being the son of the late Poet Laureate, C. Day-Lewis and sibling to other writers. He was born in Gloucestershire in 1934, and following his education at Sherborne and Oxford, where he read engineering, he emigrated to South Africa before moving to Australia. On retiring he obtained a Diploma in Professional Writing, and now lives in the Victorian coastal village of Somers, where he writes, plays music with his partner, Margaret, and enjoys his garden. Rocky Place is his first novel to be published.