We All Begin As Strangers by Harriet Cummings

We All Begin As Strangers by Harriet Cummings

Competition published on April 7, 2017.

It’s 1984, and summer is scorching the ordinary village of Heathcote.

A mysterious figure is sneaking into homes through backdoors and open windows. Dubbed ‘the Fox’, he knows everything about everyone – leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them.

When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community believes the Fox is responsible.

For the worried residents, finding Anna will be difficult – but stopping the Fox from exposing their darkest secrets might just be impossible…

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Inspired by a real 80s mystery, and with pitch-perfect characters, We All Begin As Strangers is a beautiful debut novel you’ll want to recommend to everyone. For fans of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep and Elizabeth is Missing.

 

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About the author

Harriet Cummings is a freelance writer with a background in history of art and gender studies. As a script writer, she has had work performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as independent venues around London. While studying at Faber Academy, Harriet threw herself into her first novel and hasn’t looked back since. We All Begin As Strangers is inspired by real events that occurred the summer that Harriet was born in the village where her parents still live. Residents in Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Tring and other surrounding villages still discuss the summer of 1984 and the legend of ‘the Fox’. She now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and springer spaniel.

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We All Begin As Strangers by Harriet Cummings, published by Orion on 20 April, 2017, in hardback

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