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Harper Press 3 March 2008 pb
Part narrated by Skunk Cunningham, an eleven-year-old girl in a coma, Broken. A Novel tells the intertwining stories of three families who live in a suburban square in the south of England. The Oswalds – Bob and his five daughters – are the neighbours from hell. They lie, steal, cheat, bully and intimidate anyone unlucky enough to be anywhere near them, including Rick Buckley, a geeky but harmless nineteen-year-old boy who lives with his mum and dad on the other side of the square. Humiliated publicly by the Oswald’s in the early stages of the novel, Rick descends into madness and becomes the Broken of the title. Skunk, her brother Jed and their new friend Dillon become fascinated with what’s happened to Broken which, in turn, leads to Skunk ending up in the coma from which she narrates the story.
Daniel Clay is 37 years old and married with no children. He knew from the age of 5 he wanted to be a writer but by February 2007, he’d written close to a million unpublished words. His manuscript for Broken was finally discovered and he now has a two book deal with HarperCollins. He lives in Hampshire in the UK.
“Bold, prescient, engaging, and oddly touching”. Guardian