From the bestselling author of Richard & Judy pick Jubilee, a heartwarming novel about a mother who becomes a superhero.
Jenny Pepper never expected to end up like this. Tired of her job and her lacklustre marriage, increasingly marginal in her teenage daughter's life, Jenny stumbles into a vigilante rescue one night; suddenly her world is exciting again - and she's a hero. In secret - in costume - she walks the streets of her small town, seeking to right wrongs. But secret identities are tricky to maintain, and Jenny's need for adventure is beginning to cost her dearly.
Then, amidst the petty crime, a terrifying villain appears. He's attacking young girls - and Jenny's daughter is at risk. As she starts to see less and less clearly through the mask, Jenny finds her fantasy life becoming frighteningly real.
We all want to be extraordinary, and we all have a moment in our lives when we realise that we're not. VIGILANTE is about a woman who didn't accept it gracefully.
JUBILEE is an assured debut by a writer of great promise. It's a sharply written account of the birth pangs of multicultural Britain - Marcel Theroux
An exciting debut that suggests this author will offer many more insightful and compelling stories in the years ahead - INDEPENDENT
Recreating an iconic photograph of a village street party celebrating the 1977 Jubilee stirs up buried memories, forcing the one Asian boy in the picture to confront himself and his past. Nostalgic and moving - WOMAN & HOME
A welcome discovery - a new novelist whose next book you are already impatient to read - GUARDIAN
Shelley Harris was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967, to a South African mother and a British father. She has worked, among other things, as a teacher, a reporter, a mystery shopper and a bouncer at a teen disco. When she is not writing, she volunteers at her local Oxfam bookshop, helping customers find just the right book. Her first novel JUBILEE was a Richard & Judy Book Club choice, a Top Ten bestseller and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.