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Clare Jay

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Clare Jay's debut BREATHING IN COLOUR was met with much critical acclaim. Now comes her eagerly anticipated second novel, DREAMRUNNER, an emotional and evocative story about a mother's choice: to save her marriage or protect her child.

When Olivia's husband Carlos begins having violent nightmares in which he leaps, fighting, from his bed and rampages through the house, their idyllic life in Lisbon is shattered. Things escalate when Carlos unwittingly injures Olivia and Leo, their seven-year-old son, and they can no longer hide the purple bruises staining their skin.

But what is causing the warm-hearted, gentle Carlos to have such explosive nightmares While Leo retreats further into an imaginary world, it's a question that sends Olivia - desperate to protect her son and rescue her floundering family - into the depths of her husband's childhood, where she uncovers a secret so shocking it has held Carlos in its powerful grip for almost thirty years.

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Praise for Dreamrunner

  • * 'An unconventional "can't put it down" mystery - MARIE CLAIRE (NZ) * 'Emotional and evocative'

  • BOOKSELLER * 'The "ultimate Parasomnia novel" . . . a heartwarming story - Dr Carlos Schench, MD, world expert on sleep disorders * 'Intimate, and a pleasure to read'


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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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