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The Lip

(2021)
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'This unsparing debut novel portrays the unromantic side of Cornwall few visitors see and which so many novelists choose to overlook. Charlie Carroll inhabits his damaged heroine completely' Patrick Gale
'A moving and affecting novel about life on the edge, with a very special flavour of wild and rugged Cornwall.' Emma Stonex

Away from the hotels and holiday lets, there is an unseen side of Cornwall, where the shifting uncertainties of the future breed resentment and mistrust.

Melody Janie is hidden. She lives alone in a caravan in Bones Break: a small cliff-top on Cornwall's north coast. She spends her time roaming her territory, spying on passing tourists and ramblers, and remembering. She sees everything and yet remains unseen.

However, when a stranger enters her life, she is forced to confront not only him but the terrible tragedies of her past.

The Lip is a novel about childhood, isolation and mental health, told in the unique and unforgettable voice of Melody Janie.

'All of this is Bones Break. All of this is mine.

I know every inch of it; I know it as intimately as the seagulls. I stand at dead-centre, my feet teetering on the edge of the lip. Below, the thundering tattoo of waves on rock. Wind catches the tips of my hair, lifting them above my ribs: less force than it takes to knock me down; enough to make me right myself with a step to the left, and then another back again. Here on the lip, it is vital to know where my feet are.'

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Atmospheric, haunting writing, a heroine you instantly love." - Ilona Bannister

"This unsparing debut novel portrays the unromantic side of Cornwall few visitors see and which so many novelists choose to overlook. Charlie Carroll inhabits his damaged heroine so completely, and with so little trace of first-novel-ego that I can't wait to see what he writes next; I suspect his publishers have backed a winner." - Patrick Gale

"A moving and affecting novel about life on the edge, with a very special flavour of wild and rugged Cornwall." - Emma Stonex


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Hardback Editions

March 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Lip: a novel of the Cornwall tourists seldom see
Author(s): Charlie Carroll
ISBN: 1-5293-3417-9 / 978-1-5293-3417-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lip: a novel of the Cornwall tourists seldom see
Author(s): Charlie Carroll
ISBN: 1-5293-6628-3 / 978-1-5293-6628-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

March 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Lip
Author(s): Charlie Carroll
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon   


March 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Lip
Author(s): Charlie Carroll
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Lip
Author(s): Charlie Carroll
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lip: a novel of the Cornwall tourists seldom see
Author(s): Charlie Carroll
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU