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Starlings is a daisy-chain novel set in Brighton. Each chapter tells the story of one of its varied inhabitants. Disparate lives collide in surprising ways, showing that destinies are often shaped by those we live beside. In a coastal tower block we meet Andy, a conflicted paedophile battling his urges. Next door is May, a desperately lonely old lady. Their lives are conne...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published July 14th 2011 by Revenge Ink
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Juliet Wilson
Starlings is a series of interconnected stories set in the southern English city of Brighton. The characters are all vividly drawn, believable, flawed people with problems and eccentricities. Each chapter can be read as a self contained story in its own right, but most of the characters appear in more than one story and the more often we meet them, often in different time frames and circumstances, the more their individual stories make sense. The various stories all come together at the end, giv...more
Simon Packham
I loved this book. It's just how I feel when I go back to Brighton - I see my Granddad setting of for WW1 at the station, my Mum and Dad on a date at the Theatre Royal - me and Big D 'swimming with our trunks on our head in 1975.

But that's not a very good description of the book. It's a series of short stories - all set in Brighton, but at different times. Characters or the offspring of characters appear in different stories. Very satisfying.
Laura Wilkinson
The back cover blurb describes Starlings as a 'daisy chain' novel, an expression I've heard of, though I've not experienced reading one - till now. For me, the book is best read as a collection of interconnected short stories all set in and around Brighton in the late twentieth, early twenty-first centuries. Protagonists from one tale, or chapter, crop up as supporting characters in anothers' narrative, and between them we have a beautifully written portrayal of a community and its varied inhabi...more
While I normally love short stories that form a whole through being connected, this isn't doing it for me. The writing style, that other readers praise so much, didn't seem quite so wonderful to me. I rather had the feeling, that it could have done with another round of editing, and more life to the words and sentences. I never felt engaged with the text, I never felt a spark. Particularly the language left me rather cold. And no story really made me care. It's a pity really as I was very much l...more
I really enjoyed this book and not just because it's set in Brighton.

The blurb on the back doesn't do it justice - it's described as a 'daisy chain novel' - but while it is a collection of inter-connected short stories it's much more.

Superb descriptions and characterisation mean (plus a Brighton setting) mean you can visualise the action clearly, and clever plotting means that as you read on, characters reappear and their lives intertwine.

Rebecca Miller
I loved this book
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Erinna Mettler lives in Brighton with her husband and two young sons. She worked as a researcher for The British Film Institute for many years. She is about to graduate from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. She is a founding member of the Rattle Tales literary group which hosts performance nights for emerging writers. Erinna is now working on her second.

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