Write From The Start, 1987, Oliver & Boyd
Six illustrated pupils' books and two teachers’ books to help children become competent writers. The books break away from traditional, narrow teaching methods and redefine writing as everything from a list to a letter to a project. The purpose is to make writing a challenge - and fun.
Growing Up In Smoke, 1990, Pluto Press
A first account of children as passive smokers. It tells in their own words - funny, provocative and moving - how they accept or reject what is still a normal part of everyday life in many families - smoking. It reveals their anxieties about their parents, their attempts to resist pressures to smoke themselves, their concern about having to breath air polluted with tobacco smoke. Growing Up In Smoke invites us to look at the issue from the children’s point of view.
If you want your children to grow up healthy rather than kippered in tobacco soke, this is the book you need.
- Claire Raynor
Essential reading for evey adult who smokes.
- Lynn Faulds Wood
Letters to my Semi-Detached Son: A Mother's Story, 1993, The Women's Press
Tom is just fifteen years old when his mother - at the end of her tether - finally tells him to leave home. She’s left with guilt, loss and a sense of failure as she reflects on the life of her eldest, much-loved child. In letters, which one day she will send to him, she tries to untangle the web of conflicting emotions.
In this heart-wrenching fictionalised autobiography, the truth about relationships between mothers and troublesome teenage sons emerges at last…the seeming impossibility of it all and the real and often dangerous problems faced by mothers with difficult adolescents in increasingly turbulent times.
A story of such painful intensity that tears poured down my face as I read it. No mother could fail to identify with her anguish and guilt, or her sense of failure.
- Celia Dodd, The Independent
A very modern situation that will send a sympathetic shiver down any parent's spine.
- Hazel Leslie, Mail on Sunday
A Stranger at my Table: Mothering Adolescents, 1997, The Women's Press
A hilarious, sad, angry and passionate anthology of writing by women about mothering adolescents. From universal experiences of frustration and tension; through moments of great satisfaction and joy; to personal accounts of very troubled young people. A Stranger At My Table is a supportive, fascinating, sometimes funny, always moving read for all parents of adolescents past, present and to come.
Shattered: Life with M.E., 2003, Harper Collins
In Shattered, Lynn Michell tells of haunting episodes in her own life with M.E., a ‘still life’ suspended by a savagely capricious illness, as well as the stories of many others - men, women and young people. These voices convey the complexity of M.E., an illness which deals out a slightly different hand of cards each time it strikes.
This tapestry of voices is held together by Lynn’s own intelligent, loving, and often angry commentary. And her purpose is unwavering throughout: to help others find acknowledgement and validation in a cruel world.
This is a timely and powerfully written book and Lynn Michell is uniquely qualified to
- Bernard MavLaverty, author of Cal, Lamb, The Anatomy School and Grace Notes.
Inspiring stories, not simply of broken lives, but of survival and hope in the face of terrible adversity.
- Dr Vance Spence, Chairman of MERGE
Wild on her Blue Days, 2005, AmberSand Press
An anthology of new writing by members of the writing groups who met at The Salisbury Centre in Edinburgh between 2000 and 2005.
White Lies, 2010, Linen Press
The time is 1940s. The place Liverpool. Mary escapes a loveless childhood by marrying an infantry soldier who glories in active service.
The time is 1950s. The place Nairobi. The Mao Mau are rising up to reclaim their land in bloody guerrilla warfare. Mary’s passionate, adulterous love affair unfolds in the empty rooms and grounds of deserted colonial houses.
This story, spanning four decades, is told by Mary, her husband, David, and their young children, Eve and Clara, who listen at doors and speak their own fear-fuelled version of the truth.
White Lies is about different kinds of war and different kinds of loving. It explores the fragility and partiality of memory and our need to re-write the past so that it does not jar with the stories we tell ourselves.
The ending is a bombshell.
Runner-up in the Robert Louis Stevenson Award. Available from Linen Press (£7.99) or from Amazon (£9.99).
A debut novel which possesses and is possessed by a rare authority of voice… It is the mother’s voice that sings White Lies into unforgettability. Hers and Eve’s. Their thoughts and writing ring like music.
— Tom Adair, The Scotsman
Hauntingly beautiful… with a bombshell of an ending.
— Michele Hanson, The Guardian
Run, Alice, Run, 2014, IQ Press
Respectable, middle-aged women do not embark on crazy shop lifting sprees.
But Alice Green realises that being over fifty is much the same as being invisible, so why not make the most of it? Her head-in-the-sand husband doesn’t notice the mountain of clothes and the piles of stationery.
When two police cars draw up outside her house in leafy, upmarket Edinburgh, Alice backtracks through her memories, recasting the events - and people - who chipped away at her confidence and contentment over the years. What happened between the heady university days and the sad marriage to a husband who gets more excitement from his computer than from his wife?
Run, Alice, Run is an irreverent coming-of-middle-age novel which looks with irony at the way society defines and diminishes women of all ages."
Available on Amazon for £8.99.
With a voice as unique as its heroine, Lynn Michell tells the story of one woman’s attempt to understand and acknowledge her past in order to secure and save her future. Her characters are strong and believable. Her settings in Birmingham and Edinburgh are recognisable and fresh, yet coloured by the emotional baggage that Alice brings to them.
- Brook Cottage Books
Run Alice Run traces the breaking points of a young girl’s heart and the ways in which each fracture moulds her into the woman she’s become at the novel’s start and end.
- Isabelle Coy-Dibley, The Contemporary Small Press
The Red Beach Hut, 2017, IQ Press
The Red Beach Hut is about a fleeting, poignant relationship between a gay man on the run and a lonely boy. The backcloth is a tired English sea-side town, winding down for the winter. The time is the week before the 2015 general election when reports of child abuse, pedophilia and immigration dominate the news and the tabloids deliver soundbites of hatred. For two unconventional, troubled people, the beach hut is a brief haven and refuge away from social persecution
A contemporary Whistle Down The Wind, this is the story of a man and a boy who find a quiet joy in each another’s company on a lonely beach. But the past, always running at their heels, closes in on them as the narrative builds to its inevitable, tense and chilling climax.
The portrait of the young boy is tenderly and insightfully drawn. I was really touched by him, by the relationship, and everything that happens there on the beach.
- Avril Joy, writer and Costa short story winner.
A Whistle Down the Wind for our times, rich with description. The boy is beautifully realised and the mum lives and breathes on the page.
- Derek Thompson, Author of Stand Point, Line of Sight, Cause & Effect, Shadow State.