Rachel flees her past to build a new life for herself. But living a lie isn't easy. She struggles with a guilty conscience and the fear of being exposed. Eventually, she has to decide: tell the truth and risk all, or say nothing and betray everything she has ever believed in. A stunning debut novel written with intelligence and clarity. Rachel's efforts to belong exposes our prejudices against those more vulnerable in society while shining a light on the power of friendship and the importance of being part of a community.
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Real life in Tory Britain. A powerful & moving novel.
As a disabled activist I want to express my admiration for Ruth Hunt's novel. The characters are completely believable, and the story grabs you right from the first page. Although it centres on activities in a small town, the larger issues that affect the individuals are accurately described - government cuts plus changes to benefits, sanctions etc, and the fear and distress these cause, resonated with me. Well written and absorbing.
This book will change attitudes.
The Single Feather is about a young woman, Rachel who is paraplegic. She has to escape from where she was living, and wants to make a fresh start and feel accepted in Carthom. She joins a group of mostly retired people and there is not much understanding between members. I wanted to know what Rachel was scared of and hiding from and each chapter you find out a bit more. Not just about Rachel but about the other members as well. Then something happens, it came as a big shock to me, and I kept turning pages to find out more. I realised as I was reading I was getting a better insight into all the members of the group. This is a great novel, one for everyone to read, as it will change attitudes. It would also be good for anyone training to be a nurse, personal assistant or a support worker. It's very readable and very hard to put down!