Each week, six women of different ages and backgrounds come together at their local pub. There they form an unlikely darts team, but it is there hidden stories of love and loss that in the end binds them.
'Kit Fielding's debut is a triumph. A story told with brutal honesty, underpinned by humour, love, hope and the inestimable power of friendship.' RUTH HOGAN, author of The Keeper of Lost Things
In every pub in every town unspoken stories lie beneath the surface.
Each week, six women meet at The Bluebell Inn. They form an unlikely and occasionally triumphant ladies darts team. They banter and jibe, they laugh. But their hidden stories of love and loss are what, in the end, will bind them.
There is Mary, full of it but cradling her dark secret; Lena - young and bold, she has made her choice; the cat woman who must return to the place of her birth before it's too late. There's Maggie, still laying out the place for her husband; and Pegs, the dark-eyed girl from the travellers' site bringing her strangeness and first love. And Katy: unappreciated. Open to an offer.
They know little of each other's lives. But here they gather and weave a delicate and sustaining connection that maybe they can rely on as the crossroads on their individual paths threaten to overwhelm.
With humanity and insight, Kit Fielding reveals the great love that lies at the heart of female friendship.
Raw, funny and devastating, all of life can be found at the Bluebell.
A story told with brutal honesty underpinned by humour, love, hope and the inestimable power of friendship. Kit Fielding's debut is a triumph. - Ruth Hogan, Author of bestselling The Keeper of Lost Things
Kit Fielding was born to a large family in the late forties. His father took agricultural work to provide for them all and they moved often, in part due to Kit's mother who found it difficult to settle for any length of time, a legacy from her traveller roots.
Kit left school at 15 to help earn money for the family. He took on various labouring jobs.
He's now happily married, but still struggles with restlessness; he lives in a caravan somewhere by the sea.