En cette année 1831, Mary, une jeune fille de 15 ans entame le tragique récit de sa courte existence : un père brutal, une mère insensible, en bref, une banale vie de misère dans la campagne anglaise du Dorset.
Simple et franche, mais lucide et entêtée, elle raconte comment, un été, sa vie a basculé lorsqu'on l'a envoyée chez le pasteur Graham, pour servir et tenir compagnie à son épouse, une femme fragile et pleine de douceur. Avec elle, elle apprend la bienveillance. Avec lui, elle découvre les richesses de la lecture et de l'écriture... mais aussi obéissance, avilissement et humiliation. Finalement l'apprentissage prodigué ne lui servira qu'à écrire noir sur blanc sa fatale destinée. Et son implacable confession.
Nell Leyshon est née à Glastonbury, dans le comté du Dorset au Royaume-Uni. Après des études de littérature anglaise à l'université de Southampton, elle s'est fait connaître par ses pièces de théâtre enregistrées pour la BBC. Son premier roman, paru en 2004, Black Dirt figurait sur la liste de l'Orange Prize. Devotion et The Voice ont remporté un franc succès. Publié en 2012, La Couleur du lait est la première oeuvre de Nell Leyshon à être traduite en français.
'A reading experience that hums with an electric energy that never gets boring and feels shockingly, painfully real.' - The Times 'There's different ways to do it: I can slowly move closer step by step, or I can do it in one movement and bump into them. Easiest is in a pub then I can put my drink too close to theirs. Move my stool near theirs. Anything to cross the line.'Gary is a dipper, a burglar, a thief. He is still at junior school when his father first takes him out on the rob, and proves a fast learner: not much more than a child the first time he gets caught, he is a career criminal as soon as he is out again. But Gary is also fiercely intelligent - he often knows more about the antique furniture he is stealing than the people who own it, and is confident in his ability to trick his way out of any situation, always one step ahead. But all that changes when he falls for Mandy...
The Colour of Milk is the new novel by Orange longlisted author and playwright Nell Leyshon.'this is my book and i am writing it by my own hand'The year is eighteen hundred and thirty one when fifteen-year-old Mary begins the difficult task of telling her story. A scrap of a thing with a sharp tongue and hair the colour of milk, Mary leads a harsh life working on her father's farm alongside her three sisters. In the summer she is sent to work for the local vicar's invalid wife, where the reasons why she must record the truth of what happens to her - and the need to record it so urgently - are gradually revealed.'Haunting, distinctive voices... Mary's spare simple words paint brilliant pictures in the reader's mind . . . Nell Leyshon's imaginative powers are considerable' Independent'Brontë-esque undertones . . . a disturbing statement on the social constraints faced by 19th-century women' FT'A small tour de force - a wonderfully convincing voice, and a devastating story told with great skill and economy' Penelope Lively'I loved it. The Colour of Milk is charming, Brontë-esque, compelling, special and hard to forget. I loved Mary's voice - so inspiring and likeable. Such a hopeful book' Marian Keyes'Brilliant, devastating and unforgettable' Easy LivingNell Leyshon's first novel, Black Dirt, was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth prize. Her plays include Comfort me with Apples, which won an Evening Standard Award, and Bedlam, which was the first play written by a woman for Shakespeare's Globe. She writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and won the Richard Imison Award for her first radio play. Nell was born in Glastonbury and lives in Dorset.
The Voice A daughter’s vigil for her mother, and her lost childhood. F Sharp Masako is married to Freya’s former boyfriend. The only other thing the two women have in common is the piano – though their experiences are worlds apart.
YOU THINK YOU HAVE EVERYTHING. A HAPPY MARRIAGE. CHILDREN YOU LOVE. A JOB YOU ENJOY. A HOUSE YOU'VE MADE INTO A HOME. THEN, ALMOST IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, YOU LOSE IT. ALL. When Rachel decides things aren’t working and asks Andrew to move out, she thinks she knows what she’s doing; thinks she knows how it will be, how Andrew will react, how the children will cope. After all, relationships end all the time, and everyone survives – don’t they? But Rachel is wrong, and her decision has consequences no one could have foreseen. Rich in detail and atmosphere, and telling the story of a family breakup and a father’s breakdown, Nell Leyshon’s second novel is uncompromising in its reminder of how easily the life we thought we had can slip through our fingers. At the same time, however, it reminds us that if chaos lurks close to the surface, then so too – sometimes – does the possibility of repair and redemption.
With characters as diverse Christ, the redbreasted robin and kings Arthur and Alfred, BLACK DIRT is the story of Frank – and the stories he tells George and Margaret, his adult children. Frank, lying ill in bed, finds his dying dreams haunted by figures from his childhood: his parents, and his older sister Iris, whose existence – and terrible crime – he has spent long years struggling to forget. Margaret gathers together the random fragments of his recollections and tries to piece together the past while George, who has never quite grownup, struggles to remember even recent events. Revealing the dark and sinister shadows that can shape a child's imagination, BLACK DIRT is a haunting tale of a father and his family, told, like the layering of the earth, in different tones and textures.