The captivating new novel from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR
In a disused lighthouse on the Devon coast lives Peter Straker, a recluse who, in his dreams, is visited by an oddly disparate group of people from a grandmother to a teenager. But they have all been dead for 24 years - and Straker thinks he killed them.
Many years ago, newly-married Imogen Doody's husband went to work one day and never came back, leaving her angry at life and other people. Now Imogen has inherited a cottage near Straker's lighthouse, a piece of good fortune she badly needs. But the cottage is falling down, and she needs help restoring it...
Guilt, emotional bruising and a Tiger Moth plane lie at the heart of this story of two misfits. Related with infectious warmth and wit, it is a testament to the essential goodness and resilience of the human spirit.
A powerful reflection on shame, revenge and the consequences of our actions. Like a latter-day George Eliot, Morrall has a gift for creating a moving story out of potentially unpromising material . . . a writer of real talent. - Daily Mail
This original and absorbing book deserves to take Morrall straight back into prize contention - Marie Claire
Pacy and page turning. Absorbing and beautifully written - Daily Express
Gripping . . . Morrall is in complete command of her complex material - TLS
Natural Flights of the Human Mind is solid, satisfying and skilfully plotted, with a cast of wholly believable characters. As the tension mounts Natural Flights really takes off. At its helm, Morrall comes into her own; steering a shuddering, febrile last chapter into an elegant denouement. - The Times
Absorbing . . . Morrall can be a moving writer . . . She is particularly good at grief . . . Uplifting - The Sunday Times
Natural Flights of the Human Mind confirms that Morrall writes with a brisk charm and comic vision - Independent on Sunday
Clare Morrall's debut was the surprise contender for 2004's Booker Prize. Its follow-up, Natural Flights of the Human Mind, proves she's no flash in the pan. With quiet control and a deliciously unsentimental wit, she tells the story of two peculiar characters. Their misadventures accompanied by outside events that move towards an unexpected and oddly touching climax. - Metro
Clare Morrall was born in Exeter and now lives in Birmingham, where she works as a music teacher. Her first novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. Since then she has published six novels: Natural Flights of the Human Mind, The Language of Others, The Man Who Disappeared, which was a TV Book Club Summer read in 2010, The Roundabout Man, After the Bombing and When the Floods Came, which was published by Sceptre in 2016.