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The Thinking Tank by Jae De Wylde Minshall (BA 1981)

7 September 2011

1969, London, England and Sally, a little girl dressed in brown, visits Father Christmas at a church fair. He rescues her as she trips and stumbles into his arms. As he hoists her onto his lap she thinks she feels the breath of a kiss on her cheek.

It is 2003 and in Rutland, England, Sarah’s relationship with her daughter Rebekah is going from bad to worse. Torn apart by family secrets yet locked together by a solemn promise, the future for both seems bleak. But the mysterious and haunting circumstances of a hospital visit set Sarah on a path of discovery from which there is no turning back.

Sarah travels to Spain in search of answers – but even before she arrives it becomes clear that offers of help rarely come without strings...

Only by confronting the truth can Sarah move forward, but that means revealing the one secret she herself cannot face.

Jae De Wylde steers us masterfully through the twists and turns of this splendidly paced, poignant and compelling story of love, identity and belonging.

Praise for The Thinking Tank:

‘A superbly crafted debut novel, expressing deep compassion – insightful and thought-provoking’ Richard Demarco CBE OBE, European Art Foundation

'Sensitively written and delicately observed, an enthralling and suspenseful book that is literary but never difficult' Leslie Ann Bosher, author, To The Manor Drawn