Christine's novels and collections of short stories
Joining the Grown-ups
At eighteen, Josie considers herself all grown up. But Josie has one more step to take. She wants to be part of her mother's life. And so, against her father's advice, she leaves her home in Canada for London and the mother she hasn't seen since she was a child. The woman Josie remembers was at the centre of a busy family, but now she is a successful literary agent, living with another woman. When Josie comes barging into her mother's life with her needs and her good intentions she stirs up the present as well as the past - and discovers that in learning about her mother she also learns about herself.
"A born storyteller .... the stuff of which the best sort of best-seller is made" - The Times
"An ebullient novel; I enjoyed it immensely" - Daily Telegraph
Heinemann ISBN 0-14-009991-3
When Tony lost his job as a manager of a West End record store, it seemed logical for him to stay at home and look after the baby whilst his wife continued her increasingly successful publishing career.
Seven years and another child later he is at his wits end; pride and confidence destroyed. He meets Alex by chance on Hampstead Heath. Young, attractive and bored with her A-levels, she responds to his desperate need for company. Each offers the other a respite from the monotony of their lives.
But changing seasons bring a changing pattern of need. The fragile world they share with the children on the Heath, and the stability of Tony's family are both undermined by his wife's violent jealousy. As their feelings become deeper and more dangerous, there are painful choices to be made.
"Confirms Christine Park's reputation as a major literary talent" - The Times
Heinemann ISBN 0-434-57742-1
edited with Caroline Heaton
In this stunning collection of stories about mothers and daughters the world over, tales of pleasure and sadness, devotion and ambivalence, curiosity and bewilderment mix, just as they do in real life. Ranging widely in time and place, the twenty-five stories here, with their variety of experience and emotion, offer intriguing perpectives on this complex
and powerful bond.
Authors include Margaret Atwood, Colette, Janet Frame, Zhang Jie, Sylvia Plath and Jeanette Winterson.
"Rich and culturally diverse...... It succeeds beautifully as a collection" - Listener
Virago ISBN 0-86068-888-7
Caught in a Story
edited with Caroline Heaton
The fairytale has been a popular and enduring genre for centuries, using all the power and enchantment of the archetype to reach deep into our unconscious. This anthology of contemporary fairy tales and fables demonstrates the appeal this age-old form still has for modern writers as a way of illuminating life's rites of passage and psychological transitions.
This rich and varied collection of twenty stories, many appearing for the first time, work together providing a subversive, side-long glance at ourselves and the world.
The authors include A.S. Byatt, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood, Jorge Luis Borges, Doris Lessing, John Berger, Michael Bracewell, Leonora Carrington and Tatyana Tolstaya
Vintage ISBN 0-09-986420-7
A Key to Lock Out Cougars
In 2005, crime-writer turned biographer Giles Colvin arrives from London on the remote island of Cortes, British Columbia. He’s there to research the life of its most famous inhabitant, the naturalist Deirdre Delapp, who disappeared – presumed dead – in the bleak wilderness two years ago. As Giles attempts to explore the intricacies of Delapp’s life and delves into the mystery of her disappearance, the resistant locals revisit their own stories – those they are prepared to share, and those they are not. As the harshest of winters sets in, Giles is marooned on Delapp’s private island garden with only Rig Torsen, her companion for 30 years, for company. Rig is as determined to hang on to his memories as Giles is to access them. Add to the mix Delapp’s idealistic protégé, Anna Epstein, who embarks on a very different version of Delapp’s life, together with extracts from Deirdre’s own private letters, and what we have is a four voice interwoven narrative that is a love story, an environmental thriller and an examination of the tension between conservation and the impetus for development and growth. In turn, the four protagonists of A Key To Lock Out Cougars explore the nature of change and loss, and what it is that endures in a fragile environment. And each has to re-evaluate their own responses as they grapple with what has to be relinquished.
"A Key to Lock Out Cougars is a compelling narrative about intriguing characters that contains within it the story of the place I live........ such things as the descriptions of the feeling of connection with the natural world, or the story of how a person comes to the island for a week and ends up staying for a lifetime ring really true
Jill Milton, Archivist, Cortes Island Museum"