"Mrs Fisher's Tulip" by new author Melanie Hughes is the story of one summer in the early Sixties in darkest suburbia. A place where things are not always as safe as they seem. Sally is a schoolgirl. Julie is 17 and an ice skater - a figure of unimaginable glamour. Sally becomes drawn into Julie's world of secrecy, adult passion and sexuality. Then watches helplessly as her family is torn apart by the conventions it fights so hard to maintain.
Rachel Wakefield of the Harrow Times writes: