Patrick German has achieved all his life's ambitions: a lovely wife, a baby son and a prestigious job. So when, one day, he walks out on all he knows and loves, he is as perplexed as anyone. He runs away to become a primary school teacher in north Norfolk, where he is mesmerised by a ten-year-old girl in his class with an other-worldly authority. Patrick realises that the private, angst-ridden confession he set out to write is becoming something far more extraordinary: an eyewitness account of angelic life on earth. Olivia Fane writes with the fluid, faultless prose and sharp, questioning intelligence which defined her previous two novels, "Landing on Clouds" (winner of a Betty Trask Award) and "The Glorious Flight of Perdita Tree" (Maia, 2005).
Olivia Fane was born in 1960. She studied Classics at Cambridge, trained as a probation officer and worked as a psychiatric social worker. She lives with her husband and five sons in West Sussex. This is her third novel.
'A modern take on the place of religion in our increasingly secular society . . . compelling reading'
Hampstead & Highgate Express
'Combines good English with a zest for lawlessness . . .This extraordinary story is told very readably'