PAULA ABANDONS HER LONDON LIFE AND travels through the night to a Scottish seaside village where she once spent a childhood holiday. Desperate to avoid a painful loss, she tries to hide away. However, the locals are keen to know more about their unhappy visitor and she is soon tangled in the life of 12-year-old Sanders. Can Paula help her new friend? Can we ever run away from the past?
Tandem won the 2013 Hookline Novel Competition, judged by book groups from around the UK. It was also long-listed for the Reading Agency's "Hidden Gem" award 2014 and nominated for The Guardian First Book Award 2014. Alex is working on her second novel.
Praise for Tandem
“Sometimes terrible things happen. Lives hit unexpected reefs, break up and sink; they can never
be put back, but with love and effort (and the assistance of a penguin-loving hermaphrodite if you are lucky) life can be salvaged from the wreck. Tandem is a wonderful ‘salvage’ novel – funny, edgy, acute and tender. I am not surprised it has been picked out by real readers – they deserve Tandem and it deserves them.”
“Quirky, honest and original.”
“A novel about perception and the changing nature of relationships, both with oneself and with others. It reminds us that – like penguins – not everything is as black and white as it first seems.”