Crocodile on the carousel
Amanda Furnish is brought up in isolation by her grandmother, taught to question ownership of land, debate the reintroduction of wolves into the highlands, play with matches and never expect palatable answers to life. That is, until the arrival of a glamorous neighbour who dares to suggest that life is essentially joyful and frivolous and Amanda’s for the taking. After years of battling with these opposites, Amanda steps out into the world and uncovers a painful tale from her grandmother, Cath’s youth.

1973 and a wake is underway at ‘The Tide’ – a remote pub on an estuary. One of the mourners, Cath Furnish, an unconventional but charismatic young woman, feels uncomfortable with the way the dead man is being remembered and decides to embark on her own alternative funeral, far from the pretence and duplicity of the pub regulars and the deceased’s family.

What happens that night has disastrous consequences for Cath and a profound effect on Amanda.


‘newbooks’ review Crocodile on the Carousel

Tissington has crafted a rather magical read that’s humorous and stimulating. I recommend Crocodile on the Carousel to anyone, from those looking for a new book to read alone or in a book club.
Reviewed by: Nina Koo-Seen-Lin – Middlesex
Personal read: 5*
Group read: 4*

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Bookbag review Crocodile on the Carousel

‘Sally Tissington’s debut novel liberally sprinkled with quirk and not toeing the line of the humdrum has certainly paid off for her as we encounter writing ladened with robust characters and questions… likened to Kate Atkinson’

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