An extraordinary evocation of an extraordinary family in WWII England by an award-winning author.
THE FACTS OF LIFE tells the story of an extraordinary family of seven sisters living in Coventry during the Second World War.
Presided over by an indomitable matriach, the sisters live out a tangled and fraught life that takes them through the Blitz, war work and on into the hopeful postwar years, and a bizarre interlude for one of them in a commune.
And through it all wanders the young son of one of the sisters, passed from sister to sister, the innocent witness to a life that edges over into the magical.
Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel, 2003
Graham Joyce is the award-winning author of numerous short story collections and novels, including The Tooth Fairy, Smoking Poppy, The Facts of Life, The Limits of Enchantment, The Silent Land, Some Kind of Fairy Tale and The Year of the Ladybird.
He won the British Fantasy Award six times, and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2003 for The Facts of Life. He also won the O Henry Award.
In addition to his own writing, he taught a writing course at Nottingham Trent University.
He died in September 2014.