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Breathing In Colour

Clare Jay

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

An emotional and gripping story set in India, about a synaesthesiac girl and the fractured relationship she has with her mother.

Your child is missing - presumed dead.
Hours after receiving the phone call that every mother dreads, Alida Salter flies to India to search for her backpacker daughter. The discovery of disturbing collages in Mia s hotel makes Alida suspect a connection between the disaster that fractured their relationship thirteen years ago, and Mia s recent, mysterious disappearance.
Mia is no ordinary girl. Growing up with the sensory condition synaesthesia - where she sees the world in a kaleidoscope of shapes, colours and smells - she has gone through life with the vivid imagination of an artist, but for years she has shouldered an overwhelming burden of guilt. It has been a difficult relationship, but now comes the toughest test of all...Alida must find the courage to trust her maternal instincts, or lose her daughter forever.

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Clare Jay

Clare Jay's short stories and poetry have won prizes and appeared in anthologies. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and tutors the subject at university level. She has led 'Dreaming into writing' workshops at international conferences and has lived in five European countries and travelled extensively in South-East Asia. BREATHING IN COLOUR is her first novel. Visit her at

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