Winner of the Gilpin Hotel Prize for Fiction, Lakeland Book of the Year 2022.
Brockenspectre: the magnified and detached shadow of an observer; typically on a mountain
The peace of an isolated Lake District university campus is disturbed by the arrival of mature student, Hild. For Miriam and Ed, the newcomer brings darkness and disorder which reshapes every aspect of their lives, and strikes at the core of their relationship.
Miriam is determined to exorcise the shadow Hild has cast, but how? And can she justify keeping another woman out of the light, the education, she has enjoyed?
“A powerful evocation of how shifting points of view can become fictions and unnervingly undermine a sense of identity.” – Jill Clough, Lakeland Book of the Year Prize for Fiction 2019.
“This is a story of obsession … thoughtful and beautifully constructed … playing off the tensions between the two women against the backdrop of the campus and the nearby fells. The final confrontation when it comes is spectacular. An absolutely fascinating read, highly recommended.” – Anne Banks, This Place I Know.
Brockenspectre was shortlisted for the Sceptre Prize.