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A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge

By Kitty Aldridge

After the disappearance in their father and the unexpected dying in their mom, Lee Hart and his deaf brother, Ned, think all is misplaced, till Lee lands a traineeship at their neighborhood funeral domestic and discovers there's lifestyles after demise. the following, within the corporation of a crooning ex-publican, a closet pole vaulter, a terminally-ill hearse motive force, and the lifeless in their neighborhood city, outdated wounds start to heal and love arrives as a stunning florist aboard a ‘Fleurtations’ supply van.

But loss of life is nearer than Lee Hart thinks. someplace one of the quiet lanes and sleepy farms whatever else is ready. And it's last in.

Kitty Aldridge used to be born within the center East yet grew up in England. A graduate of the Drama Centre, London, she has considering that labored in theatre, movie and tv as an actress and author. Her first novel, Pop, was once longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002 and shortlisted for the Pendleton could First Novel Award 2002. Her moment novel, Cryers Hill, used to be released in 2007. Her brief tale, Arrivederci Les, gained the Bridport brief tale Prize 2011.

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