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Lily lives in a tower block with her mother and grandfather, who breeds rabbits in his bedroom. Lily worries about strangers, ghosts, crazy-on-drugs men and her grandad's poorly ticker. But today is a treat - she's going with her grandad to a rabbit show.
As Lily relates the day's events she reveals her world, where cousins can be cruel, teachers hostile, and the man in the park might be her father. Valiantly grappling with the unpredictable behaviour of adults, their secrets and rules, Lily doesn't realise that on this day even her beloved grandad might let her down.

Published 2002, by Sceptre. ISBN 0-340-73971-1.

"Deceptively simple... Bryan has a keen ear for the idiosyncrasies of kid-speak, and this gift makes her junior creation so touchingly real, so fresh, and so alive... All very fantastic-elastic, and not as easy-peasy-lemon-squeezie as it looks." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"Bryan manages to work to great effect the space between Lily's knee-high view of the world and the picture that the reader builds from her observations. The simple pleasures of a packet of Monster Munch are balanced by the confusing complexity of the adults around her... A funny and moving book that captures the innocent explorations of childhood." THE TIMES

"Heart-warming and poignant." OK

"Her tactic of rooting the whole narrative in Lily's head allows her to play intelligently with the dramatic irony that exists between a five-year-old's youthful guesswork and a reader's adult logic. There is a great deal of humour in this tale... Bryan is unafraid of showing that childhood is a time of impotence, confusion, and crudity as well as innocence and twee humour, and her take on the life of a fractured family is an honest and effective one." GLASGOW HERALD

"An utterly convincing portrayal of childhood's more uncomfortable upsets, from wet pants to absent dads." INDEPENDENT

 

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